Though it reunites the stars and director of the rousingly old-fashioned swashbuckler THE MASK OF ZORRO (1998), this unnecessary and overlong sequel fails to recapture its predecessor's zing. The year is 1850; Elena and Alejandro de la Vega (Catherine Zeta-Jones, Antonio Banderas) have been married for 10 years and have a son, Joaquin (Adrian Alonso), who loves his papi
but worships people's-hero Zorro, never imagining that they're one and the same. California is on the verge of statehood, which carries the promise that its citizens can forever cast off the yoke of old-world class distinctions and oppression, thus putting Zorro out of a job. That would suit El...