Jim Caviezel as Edmond Dantes in “The Count of Monte Cristo”
I’m giving this gem 4 out of 5 stars which even surprised me as I’m not a fan of period pieces. But I am a fan of Jim Caviezel which is why I threw some popcorn in the microwave and never looked back ;)
The best line: “How did I escape? With difficulty. How did I plan this moment? With Pleasure!”
Oh Jim, oh wow!
Jim Caviezel will steal your heart away with every scene. The first one that really got me was just after he was interrogated by Villefort about the letter from Napoleon. And he says he didn’t read the letter because he doesn’t know how to read. That face - you just want to wrap him up in a blanket and teach him the ABCs.
Anyway, after Jim tugs on your heart strings, prepare as your heart will now get ripped from your chest having to watch Edmond suffer in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. And I mean suffer!
Thankfully he meats another prisoner, a priest, who teaches him everything he needs to know in life which comes in pretty handy when he finally escapes. Yay!
Armed now with knowledge and skills, he sets out for revenge. And this people, is where if gets good.
Watch as Jim prances around in gaudy outfits and self confidence so high he nearly floats away. Drool as you watch him sword fight and match wits with his enemies. And though I love the clean cut short hair version of Jim Caviezel, I must admit he rocks the long curly hair too!
Did I mention there’s a little love story tucked in there too?
Overall, I enjoyed it. But I never read the book so I had no preconceived notions. And now of course, given the option of reading the book or watching Jim Caviezel play it on screen, I’d choose Jim Caviezel every time.
This is the movie that made me a fan of Mr. Caviezel!