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The Three Musketeers - D'Artagnan : Film Review

Ratings: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Despite some updated touches including an particular society’ character shift and a modern style assassination attempt this new version in two parts of Alexandre Dumas’s 1844 classic The Three Musketeers is a distinctly old-fashioned entertainment, and entertainment is never easy.

There are long immersive tracking shots with layers of action unspooling within a you-are-there visual framework. Impressive settings are lit, sometimes  by candlelight, to their full advantage.

A high-gloss French costume movie, it will have devotees of the Netflix talent-agency sitcom Call My Agent! wondering which of that show’s characters are representing which star; it appears to split its two feature-episodes in roughly the place that Richard Lester and screenwriter George Macdonald Fraser divided their Three and Four Musketeers in the 1970s The offhanded humor is nicely established when, on his very first day in Paris, D’Artagnan manages to offend three different men and accept three different duels that very afternoon. 

Developments are sometimes very swift, although not hard to follow. This movie also imagines a subplot to frame Athos on a phoney murder charge, and it all hinges on the cardinal’s elegant hitwoman, Milady, in which role Eva Green does a lot of hilarious long-stemmed pipe smoking.

Some inspection his bravery and gung-ho skill, D’Artagnan goes from cadet to full-fledged musketeer in record time. At the cliffhanger end of Part I, he suffers a major setback that will leave most viewers genuinely eager to see what happens next.

There’s some excellent stunt work on show; it reminded me what a sucker I am for someone jumping on to a horse in a single leap and riding away. There’s also an old-school tavern scene, although this film, directed by Martin Bourboulon, steers it away from the trad hetero-sexist banter. Just the night before arriving in the capital, D’Artagnan was shot and buried, only to emerge, coughing, from a shallow grave.

There’s an explanation and like several twists along the way, it’s a clever one. This isn’t great filmmaking, but it is smart filmmaking, unabashedly proud to make the most of the bigscreen for cinema audiences. No prior version has had so many technical advances at its disposal.

There are long immersive tracking shots with layers of action unspooling within a you are there visual framework...continue...

Impressive settings are lit, sometimes  by candlelight, to their full advantage.

That’s to be expected, although purists will regret the lack of farmyard animals in the fight scenes: flapping, squawking ducks and chickens scurrying out of the way of the duellists. This is a lavishly produced, very enjoyable innocent pleasure. This French Queen, though, has secretly taken up with the Duke of Buckingham Jacob Fortune-Lloyd.

Their ultra-risky assignations involve small boats and waiting horses on both sides of the English Channel. The Queen gives Buckingham a token of her love and then urgently needs to get it back.

Feel free to move to the edge of your seat. Action or plotting that will lead to action is the preferred mode. Every body and brain is set to full speed ahead. and yet this isn’t exhausting to watch.


The Three Musketeers: D’Artagnan is released on 23 June  in india. previously this movie has already released in many countries like France , US , UK , some of Irish region

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