When Zorro (Antonio Banderas) is asked to give up his life as a masked crusader by his wife Elena (Catherine Zeta Jones), he hesitates. He is torn between two worlds and when he puts the mask back on, Elena leaves him. Soon after she begins seeing French Count Armand (Rufus Sewell), but not all is as it seems and Zorro is intent on finding out the truth.

The romance is as sexy as a paper bag.

A decade has passed and Don Alejandro De La Vega (Antonio Banderas) continues to live as both a rich aristocrat and masked crusader, and his wife has had enough. When Don Alejandro refuses to retire from his Zorro duties, Elena (Catherine Zeta Jones) seeks a divorce. It's not long before she's courted by French aristocrat, Armand (Rufus Sewell) who's also the ruthless leader of a secret medieval fraternity, with a dastardly plot to stop California joining the U.S of A. Zorro must fight for California and for his family.

I'm quite sure that director Martin Campbell's intention for The Legend of Zorro was to be over the top and camp – which could have been funny. But because the story is so convoluted and the cartoon style action sequences so routine, it's just inane. The romance is as sexy as a paper bag with lacklustre performances from Banderas and Zeta Jones. The swashbuckling crime fighter has become a parody, in a senseless sequel that's all about spectacle.