“Kamehameha” is a series of post where we examine various action scenes from movies, anime, and cartoons, to name a few. It’s name comes from one of the most famous special moves in Dragon Ball Z. We chose a DBZ reference because it’s the definition of an action show…minus the drawn out stare down filler.
It’s time for a “Kamehameha!” Today we’ll be looking at a scene from the 1998 film The Mask of Zorro. This film is still one of my favorite films to this day. It’s the one that most people associate Antonio Banderas with. The most memorable scene in my mind (besides the Catherine Zeta-Jones stripping scene and the tango dance) was when Alejandro (Banderas) first donned the Zorro mask. Let’s take a look!
- One of the strong points of this film was its traditional craftsmanship. According to Roger Ebert, the Mask of Zorro was ”a reminder of the time when stunts and special effects were integrated into stories, rather than the other way around” (source). This scene demonstrates that.
- If you look at the top comment, it states that Diego hadn’t lit the Z in fire, Rafael and Captain Love wouldn’t have known Zorro was there. BUT, thanks to that distraction, most of the guards were dispatched. Also, it created a mini panic, especially for Rafael. Which leads me to my next point…
- One of the best line’s in the film. 20 years later and Zorro still gives him nightmares.
- The whole dual-wielding part, while cool-looking, didn’t make much sense. This part, at least to me, was very obviously coordinated. Didn’t seem natural. Especially when Rafael and Captain Love both double thrusted forward.
- We see the fruit of all that hard training. Damn Alejandro is acrobatic! Look at Rafael’s face after he front flips away from him. I count a few other athletic feats: rolling over the back of a solider, front-flipping onto the table, and the whole gymnastic routine with the tree branches. Every stunt is perfectly executed, and every one makes me smile. Beautiful cinematography.
- Music adds so much life to a scene. It couldn’t be moar true here.
Here’s a edited version with lightsabers. Because lightsabers make everything better, right? (Star Wars > Star Trek)