The Man in the Iron Mask
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It has been many years since Aramis, Athos, Porthos and d'Artagnan fought together as the bravest and the best of the King's Royal Guards, known as The Musketeers. It is 1660 and France is starving. The once great King has been succeeded by his arrogant and cruel heir, King Louis XIV (DiCaprio). While at the Bastille, a mysterious prisoner has lived for nearly a decade encased in an iron mask. To save a nation, the Musketeers must reunite and embark on their most dangerous mission ever: to free the prisoner and unlock the secret of his identity. Only through this will they rebuild the kingdom.
Footnotes in movie books are likely to reduce this swashbuckling adventure down to a simple description: it was the first movie to star Leonardo DiCaprio after the phenomenal success of Titanic. As such it automatically attracted a box-office stampede of Leo's young female fans, but critical reaction was deservedly mixed. Having earned his directorial debut after writing the Oscar-winning script for Mel Gibson's Braveheart, Randall Wallace wrote and directed this ambitious version of the often-filmed classic novel by Alexandre Dumas. DiCaprio plays dual roles as the despotic King Louis XIV, who rules France with an iron fist, and the king's twin brother, Philippe, who languishes in prison under an iron mask, his identity concealed to prevent an overthrow of Louis' throne. But Louis' abuse of power ultimately enrages Athos (John Malkovich), one of the original Four Musketeers, who recruits his former partners (Gabriel Byrne, Gérard Depardieu, and Jeremy Irons) in a plot to liberate Philippe and install him as the king's identical replacement. Once this plot is set in motion and the Musketeers are each given moments in the spotlight, the film kicks into gear and offers plenty of entertainment in the grand style of vintage swashbucklers. But it's also sidetracked by excessive length and disposable subplots, and for all his post-Titanic star power, the boyish DiCaprio just isn't yet "man" enough to be fully convincing in his title role. Still, this is an entertaining movie, no less enjoyable for falling short of the greatness to which it aspired. --Jeff Shannon
- Alternate mask prototypes and conceptual drawings
- 8-page booklet featuring trivia, production notes and a revealing look at the making of the movie
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Highly recommend this film. Directed by the screenwriter of Braveheart, and a brilliant star-studded cast, Man in the Iron Mask is a timeless masterpiece.
By "works" I mean that every time I've watched it, I have felt moved when I was supposed to feel moved. I even know how the story goes, and I still feel emotional when watching it. It's a really horrible story with a satisfying ending.
Action packed (sword violence). Filmed in France with amazing locations and wardrobe. Some coarse sexual language from Porthos. Some insinuated sexual scenes and Porthos tries to commit suicide while naked.
For as long as I can remember, this has ALWAYS been my mother's favorite movie. That being the case, I grew up watching this movie and even though I did not understand everything that was happening, I always found it very intriguing. We moved around a lot and eventually lost our copy of this movie.
This year for my mother's birthday I decided to gift her this movie and, let me tell you, it's not only been a gift to her, but to me as well. If there was anyway to give this more than 5 stars, trust that I would. In my opinion, this movie is Leonardo DiCaprio's best. EVEN BETTER THAN TITANIC! Such amazing actors coming together to create such an amazing story. I honestly could go on and on, but all I can say is, JUST BUY THIS MOVIE. You will not regret it.