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The Man In The Iron Mask
on 2 September 2012
I first saw this film back in 1998 when I was seventeen, and I was obsessed by it, so much so that I destroyed several copies repeatedly watching it. Basically it has it all, intrigue, betrayal, romance, great fight scenes, and an injustice to right. The sets are stunning, and the soundtrack by Nick Glennie-Smith is still one of the best film scores [surpassed only by The Eagle.]
I returned to the film 15 years later after watching the 2011 atrocity of The Three Musketeers. In retrospect [and the benefit of seeing a lot more films since] the film has its flaws. First, I'm no longer sure who the hero is supposed to be, is it D'Artagnan, Aramis or Philippe?, which left the film feeling a little confused. Second point is the script, with Randall Wallace doing his normal 'Pearl Harbour' job with the dialogue. Dicaprio's performance was fair, but we all know now how good he can be.
If you like Braveheart or The Eagle, this is an enjoyable movie. Thankfully DVD's and Blu-Rays are harder wearing!