January 31, 2002

The Art of Adaptation

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The continued appeal of Alexander Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo proves that this 1844 epic is timeless. Although director Kevin Reynolds’ adaptation spoon-feeds the themes of love, hate, faith, and revenge, the commanding scenery, period accuracy, and action scenes produce a solid two and half hours of entertainment.

The film begins when the sailor, Edmund Dantes (Jim Caviezel), lands on Elba and agrees to deliver a letter from the exiled Napoleon to a comrade in Marseilles. Dantes learns that he has been promoted to ship captain and rushes to share the news with his fianc