Movie Discussion – The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)

The Count of Monte Cristo (2002 film)
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Summary:

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The Questions:

Level One (Observation)

What was your favorite moment?

When both Abbe Faria: “I’m a priest, not a saint” and Edmond Dantes: “I’m a count, not a saint.” What are they implying?  To what or who’s standard are they comparing themselves too?

Was Dantes justified in his actions? What was the cost of his vengeance?

Level Two (Abstraction)

Do you agree with Napoleon when he said that people are either kings or pawns in life?

What were some of the characters motivations in the film?

When was Dantes “richer”? Can Edmund Dantes ever go back to what he had or was the trade worth it?

Level Three (Personalization)

Did Dantes do the “right” thing? Is it wrong to give up hope (stoic philosophy) and bestow our lives to fate?  Is it right to let one wrong rule our lives?

Did Dantes follow Faria’s advice “Here is your final lesson – do not commit the crime for which you now serve the sentence.”

On a lighter note: If Dantes was so cunning in his planning what about this point Roger Eberts makes:

“There is one logistical detail that mystifies me. After Faria is killed in a cave-in, Dantes arranges for his dead body to be found, then substitutes himself for the corpse, is carried out of the prison and finds his freedom. All very well. But why, given the realities involved and the need to make haste, does Dantes go to the trouble of moving Faria’s corpse to Dantes’ own cell–thus supplying a premature warning of the switch, and betraying the fact of the tunnel’s existence? If he is recaptured, that tunnel might come in handy.”

Were there any “good” characters?

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