The swashbuckling story of the Three Musketeers - their fight to dethrone the corrupt King of France and replace him with his long-imprisoned twin brother is told in sweeping style. With John Malkovich.
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It was eclipsed in it's time by DiCaprio's mega-fame, what cannot now be ignored about this movie is that it is - first and foremost - a Four Musketeers movie, and a classic at that. The entire thing is built on the strongest foundations: a brilliant tale of course, but these four fabulous characters played in this instance by four great, truly great actors - such interesting, diverse casting! Now,I don't happen to be a fan of Malkovich, but in this he doesn't, well, make my skin crawl as he usually does, and his anger and power are formidable and he was excellent. But Jeremy Irons, Gerard Depardieu and Gabriel Byrne, well - it just doesn't get better or more compelling and thrilling and - via Porthos (Depardieu) funny. They're everything you'd expect from any of them, complex, charismatic, moving, sensational. Leonardo's style at first, or rather lack thereof - that is his naturalness, and his contemporary American-ness, put me off, but then, bit by bit,( though of course, I might've wanted Louis to speak more beautifully), he really did subtly and beautifully capture the spoiled arrogance from the inside out, and I found myself buying into him completely. Then, when he played Phillipe (The Man in the Mask)... well, he was just beautiful, a beautiful soul, beautiful and delicate, and innocent. Just gorgeous. There are moments during this movie in that role that he looked as beautiful and fragile as a woman, and it was just so intriguing to see. He was in both roles, all told, so convincing, and the lynch pin of the film. The women were excellent, too, but the roles paled so much by comparison. This is easily one of the best Musketeers movies ever made! Tears at the end, for the best of reasons.
Reviewed in the United States on December 29, 2018
I had to remove one star because this movie starred Dicapprio. Then I had to remove two more because Dicapprio played two roles in the movie. I was going to restore three stars because D'Artagnan was so cool, but then Dicapprio wore that scarf... minus four stars just for that scarf.
Reviewed in the United States on February 20, 2019
'The Man In The Iron Mask' was released about a month after the global box office and Academy Award winning 'Titanic' in the middle of Leo Mania. In fact the weekend of it's release, 'The Man In The Iron Mask' and 'Titanic' tied each other for the #1 spot in the North American box office, giving Leonardo DiCaprio the two biggest movies in America. And although "The Man In The Iron Mask' made over $180 million dollars at the worldwide box office, it was overshadowed by the once in a lifetime experience that was 'Titanic'. Now 'The Man In The Iron Mask' is not as great and classic of a film as 'Titanic' but it is still a great and fun movie. It has an outstanding cast with Oscar winners DiCaprio and Jeremy Irons along with great performances from John Malkovich, Gérard Depardieu, and Gabriel Byrne. DiCaprio does a great job playing duel roles as the evil King Louis XIV and his good twin brother who has been hidden in the mask. As The Musketeers attempt to replace King Louis XIV with his twin: action, adventure, humor, and great drama ensue. Overall great acting, great costumes, great set designs, and a whole lot of fun lead to a wonderful film that can be watched over and over. All for one and one for all.
Reviewed in the United States on September 5, 2016
This movie is wildly underrated. No one ever said this was a Three Muskateers story, set 30 years after the original story, the three men and the fourth member are in their later years, trying to live lives of peace, when tragedy thrusts them back into action. Leonardo Dicaprio plays the ruthless, spoiled young king, who's far too immature and selfish to run a country. The Muskateers hatch a plot to avenge his horrible behavior. Dicaprio's performance is outstanding, possibly his most difficult role. The action is fun and mostly believable, and the character arcs are unforgettable.
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.
Cheers! A visually gorgeous and stunningly produced version of the. Dumas classic! The powerhouse quartet of. Musketeers in mid life are thrillingly portrayed by. Jeremy. Irons. Gerard. Depardeau. John. Malkovitch and an extremely moving and romantic. Gabriel. Byrne as. D'artagnan. The young. Leonardo. Di. Caprio stars as the evil. King. Louis and his twin brother. Phillipe who is banished at birth to a monastery and imprisoned in an iron mask. Young. Leo is magnificent in conveying the spoiled. Kings ruthless selfishness and his twin brother's virtue and gentlemess. It is one of his finest early performances. The film is directed with great energy by. Randall. Wallace and the authentic and beaitiful production values convey the 17th century. French. Court with sweep, colour and majesty. It is an exciting and delicious film experience and an ideal introduction to classic. French literature for the young. It may even entice them to read. Dumas! I had not seen it in years and realized upon this recent viewing what a delightful. Gem it is. Bring out the popcorn and do not forget a chilled bottle of. Chardonay! Luv, diana
Reviewed in the United States on November 24, 2018
As someone who enjoys period pieces and holds them to lower standards than other movies, I was surprised and disappointed by how lacking I found certain elements of the story. The visuals are great, there is some decent action, and a reasonable plot to drive the movie forward, but this is an okay movie for background noise more than a great movie to relish.
I do love a good historical film that has an element of fact however tenuous but for some reason I put off seeing this film since it's release way back in 1998.I was bored stupid on Easter Sunday and was scrolling through the rental films on my sky box and spotted this for a couple of quid so thought why not. So glad none of the cast attempted a French accent with the exception of Gerard Depardieu! Leonardo DiCaprio accent confused me a little as he sounded like he was going for upper class English (think David Niven, James Mason, Cary Grant) and not quite getting it, he plays King Louis XIV and the man in the iron mask. Gabriel Byrne is stunning as peace keeper and loyal soldier D'Artagnan. Jeremy Irons is Aramis, the Kings priest but he also has a secret. John Malkovich is Athos and Gerard Depardieu is Porthous. It has a great cast and great supporting cast, (Hugh Laurie makes a brief appearance) with some fabulous fight scenes, plotting and planning scenes and even some comedy. I'm so glad that I watched it that I just had to have the DVD to watch it again and again.
5.0 out of 5 starsthis is definitely the best ever depiction of Aramis who is in the book ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 1, 2015
A simply splendid version of the famous book, and I do not agree with the assessment of someone that di Caprio is not up to the part. He plays his 2 characters extremely well. As I've seen commented before somewhere, this is definitely the best ever depiction of Aramis who is in the book the plotter, which Athos joins him after bitter disappointment in the King's selfish and cruel behaviour towards his (Athos's) adopted son which leads to the death of the young man. It seems that Dumas was not keen on these kings, so his idea to use the Man in the Iron Mask myth as a theme is one that many readers will identify with.
The comment above on the plot and acting that I've just referred to is not entirely accurate. D'Artagnan is told about the plot by Aramis and the other two backing him, and d'Artagnan will not take part in it. He has his own very important reasons for protecting the King even though that King is such a jerk. However, there are matters about the Man in the Iron Mask which d'Artagnan does not know. It is Aramis who has been in on the secret for many years through being in a certain place at a certain time.
This movie doesn't follow the original book in all respects, only in some. But for me it is a much more exciting version even than the book. I've no doubt Dumas could never have used the most important variation, but that was then, and the movie has been made now.
5.0 out of 5 starsbrilliant film highly recommend.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 9, 2015
You just need to look at the cast to know that this would be a automatic classic and yes it is a classic the film is right for the historic period it portraits the director has used all the talent from these set of actors. The cinema photography is brilliant this film has heart and soul I think we all know the story of the man in the iron mask but this new version I highly recommend it.
A great cast, story and well directed. The cast handle this familiar storyline well, Jeremy Irons is great as Aramis, while Gerard Depardieu adds some enjoyable humour. John Malkovich adds some edginess as the troubled Athos, and Gabriel Burns is very likeable as the noble D'artagnan. Leonardo DiCaprio handles the dual role as the nasty King and his wronged brother very well, easily making you detest one and empathise with the other. A good night's viewing.