Tuesday, November 6, 2007

"Count" on a great movie

The History
The Count of Monte Cristo is an adventure novel written by Alexandre Dumas in 1844. It was later turned into a movie in 1934 and 2002. I have never seen the 1934 version, but the 2002 version is excellent! The Count of Monte Cristo is a great book/movie of love, revenge, redemption, and treasure. It is one of my all time favorite movies! None of my friends have ever heard of it, and I got them together and we watched it. Now, it is one of their favorite movies. It really is a great movie!

The Tale (2002)

Edmond Dantes (James Caviezel) has just been made the new captain of the Pharaon. Just as he has finally made his dream come true, he is taken under arrest and sent to one of the worst prisons, Chateau D'If. While in prison he meets a new friend who tells him all about the mysterious treasure of Monte Cristo. Edmond's new found friend helps him uncover his own mysterious imprisonment. After a miraculous esacpe Edmond searches for the lost treasure of Monte Cristo and seeks revenge on the ones who caused his imprisonment. He then becomes the Count of Monte Cristo. Edmond soon finds out the reason for his imprisonment and many other secrets.

The actors/actresses of the Count of Monte Cristo portray their characters very well. James Caviezel, Guy Pearce, James Frain, Luis Guzman, JB Blanc, Dagmara Dominczyk, and Richard Harris (Dumbeldore from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) all do a wonderful job. The wonderfully assorted cast really sets a great mood for the movie.

The Count Down
The Count of Monte Cristo is really a must see movie. It is also a very good book. If I were you I would read the book and watch the movie. You will not regret making these choices.


Vicki A. Davis said...

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Lisa Parisi said...

Although this book is a classic, I have never read. Now I will have to. You have inspired me. Do you think my 12 year old could understand it too?

MovieWorms said...

Lisa Parisi- I am glad to hear that my blog has inspired you to read The Count of Monte Cristo. It really is a great book and movie. I am sure you will understand the book, but I am not so sure if your 12 year old will understand. I was 13 or 14 when I read the book and I had a really hard time keeping up. It is difficult reading because the way he wrote the book is very different from the way books are written today. If they really want to read the book I would let them. Who knows? They might be able to understand it better than I did.

scrittore36 said...

I've seen the count of Monte Cristo many time, but I've never read the book. I've always thought that it was fascinating that something created more than a hundred years ago could be re-made again and again and still seem new.