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The Musketeer (2001)

Duration 1h 44m Rating (UK) PG
Source of story Said to be the novels of Alexander Dumas The Three Musketeers
Writers/Script Gene Quintano
Additional Info I have seen many films about the three musketeers over the years, and I always wondered why there were in fact four of them, and why they never, ever, had muskets. Justin Chambers went on to take part in Grey’s Anatomy.
Director Peter Hyams
Starring Catherine Deneuve, Mena Suvari, Stephen Rea, Tim Roth, Justin Chambers, Bill Treacher
Elevator Pitch In the conflict between Cardinal Richelieu and the Queen back in the days of Louis XIII (17th Century) the musketeers support the royals and black garbed mercenaries the cardinal. D’Artagnan, a young man, whose parents have been killed by the cardinal’s men, grows up as a skilled swordsman and associates himself with the Musketeers. Can they collectively foil the plans of the cardinal and his dastardly crew?
Content Drinking and carousing takes place in the low life taverns of Paris. The good guys engage in elaborate and unrealistic sword fights with the villains, one of them involving people dangling from ropes, and another utilising long ladders in a barn. No actual nudity, some drinking.
A View You would think that with this cast list something half decent would result, but no, I hardly have words to describe how awful this film is. It is poorly scripted, badly acted, terribly choreographed and randomly edited. It cost a surprising amount and nowhere near got its money back. There is some fascination in its awfulness, so imbibe some strong drink before watching.

About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels



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