SATUR­DAY THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - WEEK IN MOVIES -

10.30PM, SCT ★★

This is the first movie based on Alexan­der Du­mas’ clas­sic re­venge swash­buck­ler since 1934, and Dis­ney pulled out all stops to make sure ev­ery­one is down with the Count. The best thing about The Count of Monte Cristo is Jim Caviezel, whose de­cep­tively soul­ful read­ing of the ti­tle role grows in stature as the in­evitable epic show­down looms. Un­be­lieiv­ably much of Caviezel’s ex­act­ing ef­fort is white-an­ted by a spec­tac­u­larly mis­con­ceived per­for­mance by Guy Pearce (who, it must be pointed out, re­port­edly turned down the lead so he could play against type).

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