Movie Monday: Masked Men

Monday, January 31, 2011

Hey everyone! It’s Monday, as in “Movie Monday!” Gina and I usually use this day of the week to highlight a movie based on a book that we’ve seen lately. However, neither of us have seen a book movie in the past week.

So, this week, I’m going to highlight a few of movie viewers favorites: masked men.

First off is a favorite of mine, The Princess Bride. Westley, or the Dread Pirate Roberts, is our secret identity hero here. His battle is to win back the love of his life, Buttercup, from her impending marriage to a prince. Also mixed into this fairy tale is some true love, sword fighting, kidnapping, giants, corrupt royalty, and yeah, there's some kissing. Mel Brooks never disappoints; this movie is great for a laugh! (Plus, Cary Elwes is my secret man crush, he had me at "as you wish".)

Remember, remember, the fifth of November...and so begins V for Vendetta, a unique movie featuring a caped crusader known only as V”. His battle is a never ending one against his dystopian/totalitarian society. Throughout the movie, it is revealed that V was used for experiments by the government and found to have a rare agent in his blood that aided him in his escape. He takes it upon himself to share the stories of the other victims. Only with the aid of Evey, a woman he rescued from the secret police, can his battle for revenge come to an end. Plus, there's this awesome scene where V times the explosions to the tune of the 1812 Overture.

Another great watch is The Mask of Zorro. The tale of Zorro begins with the original Zorro breaking out of jail for revenge, wheras he appoints a successor Zorro. This new Zorro has his own vendetta against a corrupt governor. In the meantime, Zorro defends Mexican peasants and common people in Las Californias, present-day California. The plot thickens when Zorro and his mentor discover "El Dorado", a secret gold mine powered by slave labor. The proceeds from this mine are going to be used to fund the corrupt governor's war with the United States. Good thing Antonio Banderas has the awesome sword skills necessary to combat such a threat.

Tony Stark, better known as Iron Man, is another such hero. Though his mask/suit was unintentional, it ends up being Stark’s lifeline when he manages to somehow survive an deadly accident. Too bad he was promptly kidnapped by terrorists and forced to build a weapon of mass destruction. Instead, Stark builds a suit powered by the electromagnet embedded in his own chest. Stark escapes and using his own resources to improve the suit. After facing difficulties while trying to do good, Stark announces his identity as Iron Man. Who can resist Robert Downey Jr. in uniform?

Last but not least, probably one of the most well-known masked men ever: Stanley Ipkiss! What? Don’t recognize the name? Well, he’s better known as the bank clerk turned hyperactive super hero in the movie The Mask. Ipkiss is a quiet clerk who is bullied by everyone. One night, after being denied entrance to the Coco Bongo nightclub, Ipkiss finds a wooden mask. Jokingly, he puts it on only to be overtaken by The Mask, a trickster imprisoned in the mask. Under the mask's influence, Ipkiss scares away a street gang and other various threats before finally admitting his true identity. I love that catchy music number, "Cuban Pete"!

Who’s you favorite incognito vigilante?

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