Tim Roth, Catherine Deneuve, Mena Suvarui, Stephen Rea
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The Musketeer is a loose revision of the story of
D'artagnan before he becomes a Musketeer. Since this film
seems to take a number of liberties, it might be unfair for
me to try and compare the plot of the movie to the Dumas novel.
In fact, most movies based on this series have fallen fairly
short of being true translations. If you have any idea of
the original stories, you have a pretty good idea of the path
the film will take.
The sets and costumes are well done. The ambiance and visual
appearance of the movie is fairly dead-on and works at transporting
the viewer to the time period. Direction of the action sequences
is also fairly decent.
Unfortunately, though, action is the main focus of this movie.
While fans of Hong Kong action flicks will recognize a number
of the stunts, for the rest of movie viewers will enjoy the
sword play and stunts, which all have an excellent pace and
energy. Some of the fights, while not believable in the real
sense of combat, are a joy to watch.
Beyond the excellent fighting sequences, the story flies
at a quick pace. It's obvious the story sequences are just
a means to get from one action/fighting sequence to another.
Even with a few fairly good performances by Roth, Rea and
Deneuve, the acting and direction seemed without much emotion.
The main character is emotionless and his fellow musketeers
are not on-screen long enough for us to care about them.
What it comes down to is that The Musketeer is a Hong
Kong action flick in French clothing. The story runs from
one cliché to another. The ending is never in doubt
and obvious plot devices are always turn up when you expect
them to. If you want to see a good fight without the hassel
of a story or decent emotional acting to get in the way, then
this is your film.