on 11 May 2015
I have watched all the Musketeer movies so I was thrilled when I found out that the BBC had commissioned a series of the Musketeers. I was not disappointed. It is fabulous and I have lost count of the number of times I have watched Series 1 since purchasing the DVD. The acting, storylines, location, costumes, everything is just superb. The actors gel really well together and seem perfect for the characters they play. They are so well cast: Athos (Tom Burke) the intense and serious one, Aramis (Santiago Carberera) the charming one all the ladies fall for, Porthos (Howard Charles) the cute one always ready for action and D'Artangnan (Luke Pasquilino) the youngest one, brave and so in love with the lovely Constance (Tamla Kari). Maimie McCoy is great as the beautiful and ruthless assassin, Milady De Winter and I really like Ryan Gage who plays the pampered and petulant King Louis XIII. Peter Capaldi is brilliant as the devious Cardinal Richlieu. The choice of the Czech Republic as France in the 1630s is an inspired choice with its rustic and ancient buildings. Absolutely love the series.
55 of 68 people found the following review helpful
on 8 February 2014
If you enjoy watching sexy guys engaging in sword fighting, romancing women, cracking a few jokes and battling the enemy - and all of it set within 17th century France - then this is the show for you..
It's a series of stand-alone episodes but with a long-term story arc developing in the background, which finally comes together by the series final. It's not a drama that has complex storylines or anti-heroes and it doesn't stick faithfully to the original book source, which may annoy purists - though all the main characters are present - it's just a 'lighter' drama for those who want to watch something different to the almost constant dark and gritty crime dramas that are common today. It does have a modern twist, with issues such as slavery and women's rights coming up in two episodes and even Constance is a bit of a modern girl at the side of many previous and dull incarnations of the character - and this time she's married, as the books author originally intended.
The four main characters are well cast and distinctive from one another in a realistic fashion, from young D'artagnan ( Luke Pasqualino does a good job of bringing warmth and humour but also a little darkness to a character who's often the dullest of the main characters or too boyish for some viewers to take seriously. At 23 years of age, he still makes a young, immature and cocky D'artagnan but one with hints of the handsome man and great Musketeer he will become ) to brooding Athos to ladies-man Aramis ( though he has dark aspects to his character as well, crucial to a character who could so easily be 2 dimensional ) to a Porthas who's clearly Porthas but not as cliché or OTT as previous incarnations, making him just as handsome as the other three musketeers. The characters feel a bit darker, three dimensional and more 'real' than some past incarnations.
Peter Capaldie plays a villain who is far from pantomime, very much lingering in the background during the first half of the series and gradually becoming more unstable as the series goes on, as he tries to prevent Queen Anne and others from having too much influence over the good natured but child-like King Louis. Peter does a fine job of portraying a character who's not really a villain in his own mind because he genuinely wants what's best for France. He's even charming before his need for control becomes more dangerous.
There is a lot of violence in the show, which you'd expect with a drama that involves lots of sword fighting, guns & knives but there's no sex scenes ( only bed scenes ) and very little swearing, which means you could watch it with your parents or older children, as long as you were comfortable with the level of violence.
The show isn't perfect - some elements are rushed ( such as how quickly D'artagnan is taken in by the 3 Musketeers as part of their group and the fact that most of the time, D'artagnan seems to be a Musketeer in all but name) some scenes are cliché ( in episode 1, Aramis has to quickly escape his lovers bedroom via the window )and whilst Constance is a likable, fun and strong female character ( even sounding a bit 'modern day' at times ) she becomes attached to D'artagnan quite quickly and it makes her vulnerable in her actions, which might be an issue for some viewers, though it wasn't for me - she's hard on the outside but soft on the inside. D'artagnan's attraction to her is more of a slow burn and this benefits the relationship because their feelings are growing from friendship and respect as well as physical attraction. Whilst Athos and Milady are very much enemies, they still have a lingering attraction, which argubly makes them the sexiest couple on the show. This is very much a show where the boys rule but there are still good and strong moments for the female characters.
This is definitely a fun show but still with serious and intense moments ( especially as the series goes on, so you need to stick with it for several episodes, as episode 1 is generally regarded as the weakest of the series ) and whether you stick with it largely depends on whether you warm to the show's main characters and are longing for something 'lighter' than the dark dramas of modern times.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 September 2015
My favourite series of all time! Can't get enough of these four gorgeous leather clad musketeers! The storylines are awesome and the actors as even more awesome. Love it love it love it!!!!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1625. France abounds with enemies without and within, Louis XIII the weak pleasure-loving monarch the Musketeers are duty-bound to protect. Athos, Porthos and Aramis are the bodyguards enemies need most to fear, hotheaded D'Artagnan desperate to join their ranks.
Cue for ten hour long dramatic episodes, their climax packed with surprises.
Welcome here great entertainment all the way through, those involved combining to create something special. Visually the series is a stunner, Prague convincingly Paris. Scriptwriters ensure all moves at a pace, double-dealing rampant, action and humour skilfully intertwined. The whole cast impresses, especially the leads. Full-blooded villains prove worthy adversaries, duplicitous Cardinal Richelieu skilfully manipulating all. (Peter Capaldi will prove a hard act to follow, now the actor is otherwise engaged.)
Here is a treat for those who like their heroes rugged, battle scarred, with troubled pasts - each with personal demons to overcome as the series progresses. Luke Pasqualino's passionate D'Artagnan stirs the emotions, awesome challenges faced whilst seeking to avenge his father's death. The women are by no means overshadowed: Constance a worthy ally; Milady de Winter not for a second to be trusted.
The box set comes with interesting bonuses about the sets, costumes, rigorous training undergone by the four leads. Also described is how that awesome climatic battle was staged.
In short? A triumph, all the praise thoroughly justified.
on 8 June 2015
If you are partial to leather-clad men, or to strong, brave, handsome actors of mediterranean appearance or even to a rattling good storyline, then this is right up your street! I watched this series on TV but felt I just had to watch it again (and again) to make sure I had understood the full meaning of each and every episode..... I'm still struggling.........
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 31 March 2015
in a few words ADDICTIVE. i want to know why the bbc can get it so right,and itv fall behind on so many poultry offerings,lamenting the end of series 2,and eagerly awaiting series3..well done bbc.and thank you.i dont know about 1d splitting up,get the phone help lines ready for 50 something women mourning the end of the musketeers.
23 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on 17 March 2014
This is a wonderful production - carefully and effectively filmed so that it looks the real thing. I can almost smell the filth of the streets of Paris or the Court of Miracles. The casting is excellent - the different characters and back stories of the 4 musketeers beautifully exploited by the different actors and Peter Capaldi's Cardinal Richelieu takes me back to my A-Level history studies. I know it's not entirely historically accurate, but somehow that doesn't matter as it is so well done. The dialogue is fast, witty and very funny and I like the use of 'modern' language. I laugh out loud and there are not many occasions where TV does that for me. Sunday evenings are great and I can't wait to get the DVD and watch the episodes all over again. Well done BBC.
25 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on 25 February 2014
To me, Atlantis was a 'meh' BBC show, failing to live up to the standards of Merlin, Doctor Who and Robin Hood. However, I was very interested in the new 'Musketeers' series advertised- and on a Sunday 9'o clock slot. The first episode converted me- the plot was great, the characters interesting and I am a staunch supporter. As the series continues, the characters are developing and getting an episode each- now making it hard to choose a favourite! The casting is excellent, Capaldi is getting some screen time before he takes up the role of the Doctor, and the other Musketeers are well-portrayed. The writing is both funny and gripping, and the show really shines.
I will be sad when the series ends, but I hope series 2 will live up to the (so far) high standards of the first. It's great to watch and I advise buying this as soon as it is released!
16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 10 February 2014
after the version from the '70, which i loved since being allowed to watch TV, I announce this version as my new favourite!
can't wait until the DVD is out, is already on my wish list,
loved Michael York's d'Artagnan then and love Tom Burke's Athos now, broody, troubled and dangerous, I'm already in love, only 4 parts in, can't wait for more,,,easy watching and enjoyable
the series is not strictly following the novel, the writers just added some stories, So, just imagine it as the in between adventures of what you know,
The main characters are all there, with some twists and more depth,
After the first 2 parts, which are mainly the introduction of the characters, the story is unfolded bit by bit. The thick of the plot is of course in the finale, and as this is not in the novel you would guess for a while, although for my taste the suspension could have lasted until after the "funeral", why they revealed it long before is a mystery to me, nevertheless it kept thrilling to the "show down" where the Musketeers prevail yet again another evil by Milady and safe the damsel in distress with a lot of shooting,
I hope they will produce season 2 soon and that the waiting for it won't be too long
17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 5 February 2014
If you liked BBC's Robin Hood, your love this new Musketeers, your be simply blown away by it. Great stories so far and action galore, good acting too.
Can't wait to own on DVD, I can see it only getting better from episode to episode, great new action/drama for 2014.