Barbie and the Three Musketeers
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Corinne's life's ambition is to follow in her father's footsteps by becoming a royal musketeer. When she turns 17 she goes to Paris to enlist, carrying as D'Artagnan had before her, a letter of introduction to Monsieur de Treville, who is still Captain of the King's musketeers. (With the silver hair which is the only sign of age in this kind of film.)
Unfortunately for Corinne, the 17th century French authorities are not ready for the idea of a lady musketeer (probably this reluctance is the most plausible part of the film.) So instead she has to accept a job as a maid at the palace.
Just as D'Artagnan fell foul of "the three musketeers" on his first day in Paris and agreed to fight duels with each of them, Corinne has unfortunate meetings with three other girls while attempting to rescue her pet cat from an unpleasant dog belonging to the film's villain, and then finds that they are her new work colleagues.
Despite this unfortunate start, Corinne becomes friends with her new colleagues and it turns out that all four share an ambition to be royal musketeers. So they begin to train in secret.
Meanwhile the handsome Prince Louis, heir to the throne, is about to be crowned King on reaching his majority. His cousin Phillipe, who has been ruling France as Regent while Louis was a child, is less than happy at handing over power. Phillipe's nefarious plans are about to run into a most unexpected obstacle ...Read more ›
I enjoyed this movie for the most part. I think its neat to see the heroines in this movie work some serious moves. My daughters and their friends were cheering throughout the movie. Afterwards, the immediately set to pretending to be musketeers, and my 5 year old was asking me to buy her a real sword.
There are a couple parts in the movie however that I would have done without. Corinne had a few attitudes I would have done without when she felt she was being wronged. The traditional "hmph!" (pictured your 5 year old arms crossed glaring at you) was in there.....As well as some snooty girls at the ball thinking they were better than everybody else and arguing back and forth about it. It is little things like this that my girls will pick up on and I know it will come back to haunt me, so that is why I really did not like these attitudes in the movie. They could have done without them. Overall, it was cute and fun. My favorites are still 12 Dancing Princesses and Island Princess.
This then is the pivotal point of the plot, that girls can do whatever they want if they are willing to train for it and not let others squash there dreams. And, in fact, this theme is extended to include everyone, even the Prince of France, who feels like he will have to give up his scientific interests once he becomes king.
Corrine is joined in this adventure by 3 other girls, who also happen to want to be Musketeers. They are all athletic and bright, differing though in their interests. One quotes poetry, one plays the violin, and so forth. But because they are girls they end up working as housekeepers in the palace until they discover that there is a plot against the prince's life. Then they are called upon to use all of their skills and inner strength to try to foil the plot.
There is the usual music and dance numbers, as well as the usual avoidance of violence in this film. The talking animals include a mean-spirited dog, Corrine's cat, and a horse named Alexander.
I really liked the strong themes in the movie. Like every Barbie film there's a good underlying message and exemplary behavior.
I thought the music was excellent. It's a little more trendy than in previous Barbie movies, and I'm even thinking about seeing if there's a DVD we can purchase.
I thought the animation was not as good as in her other movies.Read more ›
My girls love the movie and are running around pretending to be musketeers now! However, I am disappointed. The songs don't fit the movie well and are not easy to sing along with like my girls prefer. Also, I am all for girl empowerment, I strongly want my girls to feel they can accomplish anything they want. However; I strongly object to women gaining power by trying to belittle men. The prince was a weak dreamer who cowered as Corrine (Barbie) fought for him! Would it have be so bad for them both to have been fighting the bad guys?
On the positive side, I do like the themes of working hard to gain your goals and teamwork that were portrayed. Also, the cute byplay of the animals from previous movies was there. (A little too much like Princess and the Pauper as it is the good cat and horse vs. the mean bully dog, but it doesn't detract from the movie.)
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The case and DVD were both in good shape and the disc plays without skipping or freezing. I'm pleased and my daughter is thrilled to finally have this movie.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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