When the peasants need a fast-riding, swashbuckling, acrobatic hero, Zorro comes to the rescue. Anthony Hopkins’ Don Diego de la Vega, known to the peasants as Zorro, chooses to give his time and ability to defending the defenseless. But he can't always do it alone, so when two boys help scatter the enemy, so Zorro thanks them by giving one of them his necklace.
The two boys grow up and one dies. Antonio Banderas plays Alejandro Murrieta who takes his dead brother’s necklace and sets out for revenge. Diego finds Alejandro too drunk to win a fight and notices his necklace. Alejandro agrees to be taught by his hero, Zorro.
The story of the two men is the passion of the movie. A father without a son, and a son without a father. An older hero training the new hero. A master preparing the student for victory and for honor.
Alejandro tricks his way into Diego's mortal enemy Don Rafael Montero’s mansion for a party where Catherine Zeta-Jones’ character, Elena, falls for Alejandro. His dance with Elena is one of the best parts of the movie. Sure, he does a lot of sword fighting – and he’s really good at it – but the dance is why women watch this movie.
I loved how the heroic qualities of both Zorros were displayed. They're both creative, caring, and brave. And they show a sense of humor. But the thing that stands out is a sense of generosity. Both men were able to move to a better place and live in peace, but they chose to give their time and talent to serve the peasants. Both men risked their lives because they valued the lives of the people.
The fire in Alejandro’s eyes made this movie. But I loved Sir Anthony Hopkins’ acting, too.
In this world’s current climate, it’s important to focus on what we can do to help others. When things seem to run amok or spiral out of control, we can put our heads together in humility and show some teamwork. Together, we can brainstorm ways of making our communities better.
I’ve noticed that most heroes aren’t victorious alone. They recognize their need for a team, and that takes humility.
You and I can be as helpful as heroes and heroines in our communities when we strengthen our humility and respectfully serve others.
Speaking of humility, I have good news! I’ve posted the third part of my humility series on my Seek God With Me blog. Start HERE with part one.
The story of sword-fighting men rescuing a beautiful woman trapped in a tall tower is read by a grandfather to a boy too sick to play outside. I love that a popular movie is largely about this relationship. This grandson figures out by the end of the movie that his grandfather loves him enough to share an adventure that anyone can take just by opening a book.
The story being read is what most people remember because of the rhymes of the giant, the expert technique of the Spaniard, and the humility and enduring love of the farm boy.
Directed by Rob Reiner, this movie gives its many fans the ability to quote lines from Vizzini’s battle of wits or give marriage vows with a speech impediment. The popularity of this film makes me wonder how many people on this planet have introduced themselves as Inigo Montoya.
The teamwork depicted in this movie is inspiring. None of the hero’s teammates would’ve been able to find their success without the others. This is the perfect movie to inspire your team to empower the group’s success by using their individual gifts.
I’ve reviewed a lot of movies on this site. You can look them up by decade in the sidebar or you can look them up in the search bar at the top of the screen. I’ve enjoyed noticing what makes a hero lovable in the movies. It’s usually because he’s selfless and cares about someone so desperately that he’ll do anything to save the day. That’s the kind of heroes I like to write about.
So this month, I’m pointing out the humility in a hero. And today, I’m all about teamwork.
Teamwork is the idea that getting others in on the act of saving the day will make the success more likely. One good way to show teamwork is to take a look at heroes who don’t fly solo.
Many of the superheroes and classic movie heroes needed a sidekick or a buddy to make the success happen. Some could only achieve success with the help of a mentor or authority figure clearing out a mess for them.
If we think of Lord of the Rings, we see that success wouldn’t have happened without a team. Luke Skywalker needed the help of his droids, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, and Han Solo. Ingenuity alone isn’t enough.
What are your favorite movies that don’t rely on the strengths of one hero? Let me know in the comments.
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