Monday, February 1, 2016

The Three Musketeers (1993)

The Three Musketeers (1993)
     While going through Jack Bauer withdrawal (we've been waiting for disc one of S2 of 24 for ages), I was inspired to review one of my favorite childhood movies (which introduced me to Kiefer Sutherland), Disney's 1993 The Three Musketeers. This is one of my family's favorite movie! I remember watching it all the time with my brothers and sisters, and I've seen it so many times, I really don't need to re-watch it to review (although, I should probably buy it soon).

The Heroes

The Villains 

      Set it 17th century France, young D'Artagnan has dreamt his whole life of becoming a Musketeer, an elite guardsmen to the king. However, when he gets to Paris he finds that the evil Cardinal Richelieu and his henchman, Rochefort and the evil Milady De Winter, have tried to usurp the throne, first by disbanding the whole Musketeer guard. While hundreds of Musketeers throw down their robes in defeat, three becomes outlaws by refusing to give in to Richelieu's tyranny.  

     Athos: A cynical, but at times, wise leader who is suffering from heartbreak of Taylor Swift proportions. However, he still believes in the young king and will stop at nothing and yield to no one to ensure his safety. While off duty, Athos drinks to extreme to forget the woman who broke his heart so many years before and hopes to one day gain his revenge on her. 

     Aramis: Business in the front, while a party boy still inside, Aramis was a former student of Richelieu's, but became a Musketeer instead when he discovered Richelieu's corrupt nature. Honest and loyal, Aramis still has a deep faith in God and never wavers from his duty.

     Porthos: Everyone has the one friend...that just needs to give a good laugh every now and then. Although Porthos is an extremely skilled Musketeer, he brings a great deal of humor and wit to the company with his mixed up geography and 'said wisdom' in the way of woeing of women (a constant disagreement between him and Aramis). 

     D'Artagnan has the good luck (or misfortune) to run into all three of them on separate occasions and challenges each to a duel. However, Richelieu's guards appear demanding the Musketeers to turn themselves in. After helping the three men defeat the cardinal's guards, D'Artagnan is thrown into a wild ride of secrets, jail, an (almost) execution, an epic rescue, discovering Athos' former lover and finishing off both the Cardinal and Rochefort once and for all. 

King Louis and Queen Anne of France
     The only word for this movie (at least the first one that comes to mind) is fun! Any kid who watched this, I'm sure wanted to ride a horse and have an adventure with the Musketeers ( I know I did). All great acting set aside, the costumes are nothing short of extraordinary! From the Musketeers tunics to Queen Anne's stunning gowns, definitely a costume lover's film. It is amazing how some movies just stay with you for life and The Three Musketeers is one of them. 



A fantastic fan video.

6 comments:

  1. This is one of my favorite movies. Ohhhhhhh, how I love it! And the soundtrack is such fun too. My brother and I used to wish we could carry swords just so we could click them together in a secret salute whenever one of us said something witty.

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    1. I have so many memories from watching this movie! I'm reading the book now and even though I've never been a big classic literature fan, I'm thoroughly enjoying it.

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    2. I can't wait for my kids to get just a couple years older so we can watch it together!

      What do you think of the book so far? It's been almost 20 years since I read it.

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    3. So far I love it. I've come to the conclusion that I just do not classic romantic literature, but I do love adventure like Ivanhoe. So, The Three Musketeers may end up being a favorite : )

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    4. Have you read Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo? It's my 2nd favorite book -- I love it way more than The Three Musketeers, though a lot of that is because it hits more of my personal sweet spots.

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    5. No, I haven't, but it's the next Dumas book on my list.

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