I entered into watching this film with lowered expectation. Lets face A) it was a made for TV movie..and from Hallmark. B) Can anyone look at Michael York today and not see Basil Exposition (from the Austin Powers movies).
I wish to now (after removing my foot from my mouth) apologize to Mr. York and Hallmark. Loved this Film. I loved seeing Michael York reprise his role as D'Artagnan.
This was perhaps the best Musketeer movie released in the U.S. since Richard Lesters 1979 versions.
The acting was superb, the costumes and sets amazing, very High Production Values and great sword-play.
The acting was fantastic. The woman playing Valentine was beautiful...She had that perfect mix of sensetivity and Fierceness that made her perfect to play a gascon.
The kids of the Musketeers were alot of fun, and chips off the old block. John Rys Davis as Porthos was brilliant casting altho Athos and Aramis were disapponting.
Gerard DePardieu seemed lill at ease in the Cardinals robes, but Natasha Kinski as the lady Bolton was as beautiful as ever.
The real star, to me, was Jean Michel Pirae as Villeroi...seethingly evil yet Darkly compelling...you almost felt for him...almost. A Great Film and I can't wait for the DVD