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A cleerly defined and coherent narrative?
on 19 November 2015
The main reason for the low star rating is the lack of an obvious and coherent narrative in Captain Alatriste The Spanish Musketeer. By half way through the film, if I had been asked to say what had happened thus far, it would have been difficult to say anything other than “…well, nothing really up until now!” I watched the film, all two hours and eleven minutes of it (luckily not the 139 minutes as stated an the DVD – the last eight minutes taken up by the credits) and by the end I still felt that I had not been given an obvious narrative to follow.
The actors generally performed well, the scenery was good, the costumes seemed convincing – in other words the look of, the film was reasonably convincing at the very least, although there was another aspect of this film that also let it down for me. The sound of the dialogue, which sounded like it was recorded after the filming, recorded in a studio that gave the sound of each actors dialogue the same kind of sound, regardless of whether they were in a tavern, a battlefield or a palace. The sound of the dialogue was somewhat incorrect, false or unconvincing.
Having said that, where dialogue was concerned, the English subtitles were very clear and easy to read (for anyone fluent in Spanish, the subtitles are not optional), they were the largest sized subtitles I have ever seen.
Clearly many have enjoyed this film, and if you are not put off by an incoherent narrative or poorly recorded dialogue you may well enjoy this film – unfortunately, I didn’t.
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