9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Very Good Swashbuckler,
This review is from: The Three Musketeers (DVD)
Because of the departure of the story from the Alexandre Dumas book, some may not like this movie. However, if you think of this movie as having been inspired by the book you will enjoy it a lot more. The action is good, the movie is reasonably family friendly, and the sprinkling of comedy fills in the transitions. However, people are killed during the fighting and Tim Curry as Cardinal Richelieu is sincerely evil, so those without any taste for violence should avoid this movie.
The story is generally familiar. Aramis (Charlie Sheen), Porthos (Oliver Platt) and Athos (Kiefer Sutherland) meet would be Musketeer D'Artagnan (Chris O'Donnell). Initially D'Artagnan is unaware that Athos, Porthos and Aramis are Musketeers, and the three Musketeers are unaware the D'Artagnan is the son of a Musketeer and desires to be a Musketeer himself. Unfortunately for D'Artagnan the Musketeers had just quit en masse because Cardinal Richelieu had replaced the Musketeers, who guarded King Louis (Hugh O'Conor), with his own guards, led by Rochefort (played by Michael Wincott in a most sinister fashion).
From this beginning the movie speeds up. The story becomes complex as we learn that Lady Sabine de Winter is on a traitorous mission for Cardinal Richelieu. The Musketeers and D'Artagnan must stop her or France may be doomed. However, we learn that Lady de Winter knows one of the Musketeers, whom she has not seen for many years. We also learn that the Cardinal has a nefarious plan that he will execute on the King's birthday.
The end of this movie is a lot of fun as, in true swashbuckler style, there is generous swordplay and fantastic escapes. I believe that the stars of swashbuckling movies of the past would appreciate this movie.
I have read reviews that both praise this movie and pan it. This movie is not true to the original story. However, it is very entertaining and I have enjoyed this one several times. I know I will enjoy watching it again. In recent years Disney has had difficulties in creating movies in the tradition started by Walt Disney. However, this one is worthy of the Disney name. I hope you find this movie as enjoyable as I did.