Honestly I loved this. It's refreshing to see a Hollywood picture made with sincerity and surety of tone. The performances were excellent and the revenge was well built. I suppose it also helps that the story is great, or at least I assume the classic novel lives up to its reputation. Now I want to read it.
When you have a classic story like this all you have to do is get good performances out of the actors, keep the pacing, and shoot some cool shots. This did those things. Loved the final fight and the low low shots used. Entire ensemble is great. Exciting adventure. Loved every minute of it.
When the Count of Monte Cristo can roll up to his 16th century party in a hot air balloon— with Cirque du Soleil acrobats climbing down ropes—does it really make sense to question director Kevin Reynold's commitment to Dumas' classic novel? The cartoonish but fun villain (Guy Pearce) and cliched revenge plot are easily compensated by a genuine desire to entertain. For a Hollywood picture, the sincerity is endearing.
This is not just an incredible adventure but something deeper. Cigar rollers in Cuba would have this story read to them while they worked, and they loved it so much they christened the montecristo cigar after it. This says a lot about the film, at the surface it's a story of love, loss, and revenge, but go a bit deeper and its really about capitalism.