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The Musketeer

Peter Hyams , Catherine Deneuve    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   VHS Tape
1.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Where is the rest of the film? Aug. 8 2003
By Xoandre
GREAT FILMS: The director/producers take the time to ensure the movie looks good, plays good, sounds good, and spins the audience into its web of wonder. All scenes are intact, with all pickup shots (close-ups, transitionary moments, shots of what the actor is looking at, shots of things unseen by the regular camera that are neccessary to let the audience know what is going unseen).
THE MUSKETEER is not a great film. It is a good film that is missing many elements that could have made it a GREAT film.
THE MUSKETEER is an interesting movie with nice - yeah just NICE - action sequences. Much more could have been accomplished as I found that these "action" scenes were fairly predictable.
The acting is decent yet could have used a little more gusto. The characters seem to take way too many things for granted, leaving much unexplained in the sense that everyone knows all about the reasoning behind the motivation and why things are happening... This portrays the entire cast as shallow vessels, and opens up the can of worms reminding the audience that this is JUST a movie.
I believe the following problems lead to the boredom I found myself enraptured within while viewing the second and third parts of the film (even though the beginning was pretty lame).
THE SCORE. Where is the thrill? I believe that with a much better score that drove the action and story, this film could have been much better.
THE MISSING SCENES. Near the middle of the film it is hinted that the lead, D'ARTAGNAN, has a history with his horse. We have seen no evidence of this. The writers and directors could have incorporated a short scene showing how D'artagnan bonds with the horse who becomes a companion and friend to him.
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3.0 out of 5 stars different but enjoyable Nov. 16 2001
okay if you are like man and were forced to read the book at an early age and have seene just about every other musketeer movie out there, than this movie will most likely be a letdown. the focus of the movie, unlike the novel and other movies is solely on Dartagnan. the classic hummor of porthos and Athos has been almost forgotten. the comedic element brought ot the story by alexandre Dumas is not quite there.
However if you are into martial arts, which i also am, then this movie won't be that bad. still poor acting tends to gradually push this movie down the rating scale. some fighting sequences are simply outrageoud, to cause even me to say "okay this is a bit to much." but then again i don't go watch movies to be a critic, i go to the movies to just sit back in the dark room and relax, so i was not completly disapointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I thought The Musketeer was wonderful Dec 9 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I dont know if it is because I have a soft spot for quixotic, heroic adventures but I thought that this movie was really fun. Sure it had its flaws but all movies do. Now if you want to see a movie for its historical or realistic value this is not the one to see. But if you like to be entertained this one was wonderful. I liked it so much that I went to see it a second time. This movie also has a little humor which I thought was great. Also if you dont like any other part of the movie, the choreography was absolutely spectacular. There is a little adult content so I would recommend this movie not to every one but to all my older friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What's so Bad? Dec 6 2003
So many of the review really slam this movie - and for what? Compared to the Disney version, which admittedly has better jokes, this is wonderful. Are jokes that important. It is not sheer Holywood, true, but why is that so bad? People in a big city talk with different kinds of accents. How would an English speaker be able to understand the difference between upper class Paris, lower class Paris, and countrified French? Honest, fun, and sincere. Get it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad, Not Bad At All... March 2 2004
Cardinal Richelieu (Stephen Rea), in his quest to become the premier power in France, disbands the king's musketeers and does his best to wipe them out, discretely, of course. One of the musketeers killed was D'Artagnan's (Justin Chambers) father and D'Artagnan vows to avenge his father's death and kill the man in black (Tim Roth). D'Artagnan grows up and begins his quest for vengeance by traveling to Paris and contacting the musketeers. Unfortunately, he fails his test and instead finds himself aiding the Queen (Catherine Deneuve) in a desperate attempt to avoid war with Great Britain. Along the way, D'Artagnan falls in love with Francesca bon Ansau (Mena Suvari) and gradually earns the respect of the musketeers.
I quite enjoyed this version of the Three Musketeers, but I would have to agree with other reviewers in that it is not the best version that I have seen. The strength of this movie is the amazing fighting sequences. Whether it is a barroom brawl with the fighters dancing over barrels, an attempt to take over the Queen's coach that leaps from coach to horse to ground, or a winner take all fight on ropes and ladders, the fighting sequences are fresh, original and oftentimes, simply amazing. The costumes and scenery were gorgeous, with the director Peter Hymans' fabulous use of natural light to give the whole film a faded, sepia toned look that really suited the time period. The supporting cast was quite good, including a deliciously evil man in black played by Tim Roth and an understated, yet humorous musketeer trio played by Nick Moran (Aramis), Steven Spiers (Porthos) and Jan Gregor Kremp (Athos). The absolute worst part of the film was Justin Chambers, who, unfortunately played D'Artagnan and was in just about every scene.
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1.0 out of 5 stars What kind of crap is this supposed to be?
This movie sucked. The Disney version was way better. Don't waste your money on this.
Published on June 25 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars WHAT THE HELL IS THIS?
Lord, have mercy. This is one of the most stupid movies I have ever seen. The plot is weak. Even Tim Roth can't save this movie from being silly mostly because of the leading man... Read more
Published on April 17 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars DITTO DAVID LITTON
Mr. Litton's review is so much of what I would have said, I can only say read his and you'll get my opinion as well. Should have been much better!!!
Published on Feb. 22 2004 by Michael Butts
It's must be awfully hard to mess up a screen adaptation from a great novelist like Alexander Dumas, but here they somehow managed. Read more
Published on Dec 5 2003 by Mr. Mister
3.0 out of 5 stars Musketeer is the "Attack of the Clones" of swashbucklers....
...in many ways. Just like Lucas' epic, this movie has many strengths, including beautiful costumes and scenery, a nice score, some great action scenes, and a fine supporting... Read more
Published on Nov. 16 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the most incompetently directed movies I've ever seen
Whatever happened to Peter Hyams? Sure, he was never a great director, but at least he always was a reliable craftsman. Read more
Published on Oct. 30 2003 by J. Eric Dietrich
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worthy
The Musketeer could have been so good. The locations and sets are so beautiful and there are some beautiful fight scenes. However, those fight scenes are a part of the problem. Read more
Published on Sept. 18 2003 by T. Hooper
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Worth even Renting
I strongly prefer "The Three Musketeers" with Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, and Chris O'Donnell over this. Read more
Published on July 28 2003 by Tom
2.0 out of 5 stars A Well-Intentioned Miscue
Of all the swashbuckling action movies I've seen, this is, unfortunately, the most horrid one I've witnessed. Read more
Published on July 7 2003 by K. Fontenot
2.0 out of 5 stars A Well-Intentioned Miscue
Of all the swashbuckling action movies I've seen, this is, unfortunately, the most horrid one I've witnessed. Read more
Published on July 7 2003 by K. Fontenot
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