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A pleasant family movie.
on 30 March 2015
This is an entertaining take on the famous musketeers - it doesn't keep to the Dumas storyline but it has some entertaining ideas. I was rather disappointed with some of the casting. I really didn't like Tim Curry as Richelieu - the original Richelieu was not quote the nasty slimy creep that we see in this movie and I just wanted him to "go away". Of course we aren't supposed to like Richelieu as Dumas depicted him as something of a baddie, but on the other hand, most people know from the real history that Richelieu was first minister of France and a very good one too whilst Louis XIII was not a very competent king and needed a very good first minister. It is thought that the real Richelieu may well have made passes at the Queen, and this was one reason she did not like him.
I felt Porthos and Athos were cast quite well, but the d''Artagnan actor seemed far too young. For sure the original in the book is 18, but this one looked about 12! I think a more adult haircut would have helped a lot. King Louis is also acted by a very young man or so he looks - a teenager? He also looks far too childish for the part. The actor for Aramis doesn't look the part at all - the character is supposed to be very elegant, always beautifully dressed, whilst this actor is far too brawny and ordinary-looking so it jarred on me. But if can ignore his looks (which are not in the least unpleasant, just for me "wrong for the character") he acts the part very well.
In view of the look of this d'Artagnan and this king, and a few other aspects, I wondered if this movie was made mainly for teens - but nonetheless, I am sure the young at heart of all ages will enjoy it. An entertaining, lighthearted family movie.