The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo ★★★★½

Underrated, undervalued, and yet unapologetically brilliant and enjoyable. 
Just before we were about to watch this film, a slight wave of dread came across me as for a long time before, I told my girlfriend just how great this film was. Thinking back I was only a kid the last time my eyes were greeted by the story of Edmond Dantes, so I was worried it wouldn’t really hold up to my high recommendation and that unfortunately my nostalgia had gotten the better of me. But thankfully it was even better than anticipated, everything I could’ve wanted and more. 
With terrific production value, a great cast and a horny and dramatic story worth killing for, It always frustrated me how this ended up being a flop. I did always think that it was very underrated at the time, of course falling by the wayside of the gigantic Pirates of the Caribbean series starting just one year later. But to me it should’ve been a precursor of what’s to come and by all accounts Monte Cristo should’ve been a winner in that regard, but it’s just another forgotten gem overshadowed by a franchise hard to ignore.

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