Edmond Dantes, a sailor, has returned to his home in Marseilles. With his captain dead and because of seeking help for his dying captain on Elba, Edmond is appointed the new captain of his ship, which would allow him to marry his fiancee, Mercedes. His friend, Fernand, becomes jealous of him because he is in love with Mercedes. Fernand, when Edmond was getting help for his captain, saw Napoleon give Edmond a letter on Elba and after reading the letter saw that it was a conspiracy letter. Fernand uses this information to have Edmond arrested.
There was only one actor that I recognized in this movie: Guy Pearce (Fernand) was also in The King's Speech as King Edward VIII. Other than that, there weren't any familiar faces to me. However, Jim Caviezel (Edmond Dantes) was also in The Passion of the Christ as Jesus Christ (I haven't seen it due to the graphic nature of it, but I've heard it was good).
|Left to Right: Edmond as the Count of Monte Cristo,|
Albert Mondego, and Fernand Mondego.
We see the growth of Edmond's character in multiple dimensions throughout the Count of Monte Cristo. Spoiler When he is imprisoned, we see him move from uneducated to educated. We see him lose his faith and replace it with revenge and then see the error of his ways and redeem himself to God. We see him move from being a person bent solely on revenge and using his wealth for revenge to a person who realizes that there are more important things in life than revenge and uses his wealth for good. We do see that in some instances even in his "revenge state", Edmond does have some compassion for others (namely when he spared the life of Jacopo, a smuggler who was going to be killed by his fellow smugglers). End of Spoiler
There's a great deal of nice scenery for The Count of Monte Cristo. We get to see scenes around the city of Marseilles: outdoor scenes, seaside scenes, though the houses towards the beginning are poorer than later in the movie. We get to see the prison that Edmond spends a good deal of time in (like I said before, it is gritty): because of it's grittiness, there aren't a lot of colors that are used during the prison scenes and is mostly grey. Later in the movie, we get to see more of the grander houses (which look very nice, by the way).
|Edmond as the Count of Monte Cristo with Mercedes.|
Costuming is great! Though I did have a little difficulty placing the years the story takes place later in the movie. The beginning of the story features what are obviously Regency fashions, but later in the story after Edmond is in prison for over a decade, the fashions give mixed signals. There were some women walking in public that had on some 1820s fashions, but at the same time, Mercedes had what appeared to be Regency fashions (and since she married into a wealthy family, she would be able to keep up with the latest fashions. But nevertheless, the costuming is beautiful!
My mom and I enjoyed this movie. It was suspenseful at times. The plot was interesting and didn't leave us bored to tears. Sure, it's not like the book (from what I've read about the book), but the movie is a good movie in it's own right. The costumes are great and definitely worth a look at.
The Count of Monte Cristo is rated PG-13. Keep in mind, that my mom and I caught this on TV one day, so some of the content was cut out. From what we saw, there wasn't anything too horrible in this movie. There is some violence with some blood, but nothing is overtly graphic. There are also a couple of "more mature" scenes, but they are short and not graphic. Probably the PG-13 parts were more for the violence than anything else.
The Count of Monte Cristo is available on DVD. It is rated PG-13 and runs for 131 minutes.