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The Three Musketeers - Part I: D'Artagnan

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Thrilling, intense Dumas adaptation has realistic violence.

Movie NR 2023 121 minutes
The Three Musketeers - Part 1: D'Artagnan Movie Poster: A mysterious woman in a black cloak looms above smaller images of four men holding muskets and swords

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age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 14+

Only horrible dubbed version is available streaming

One star not for the film itself, which looks good, but I think it's important to note that the only version of this film that is streaming in the U.S. (Amazon, Apple, Vudu) is a horrible English dubbed version. That is not obvious but once rented makes the movie unwatchable. Why on earth not give customers the option of dubbed or subbed?
age 16+

Like Napoleon: a good but not great movie

This is a remake of the classic story from the French film studio Pathé and features an all-star European cast. Told in two parts, it does justice to Alexandre Dumas’ epic novel. It’s darkly filmed but authentically French, and it captures the period well. Costumes and customs are authentic, and leave the viewer feeling like they are looking at one of Rembrandt’s paintings without the chiaroscuro ( light/ dark effects). In many of the street scenes, everything is dim and brown. I am not a literary scholar, but Dumas is known for long stories, and the original Les Trois Mousquetairesthe is 800 pages long. It is in the “ swashbuckler genre”, known for heroic swordsmanship. The story is set in the early 17th century and frequently portrays the injustices of the French court, which made the novel politically important when the debate in France between republicans and monarchists was going on, just a few years before the French Revolution. So the plot of the novel has been difficult to make into a movie, and the two part structure does it justice. With two separate films to work with, the film tells the story better. It does a great job of blending action and political intrigue in a way that is loyal to the source material. But like the recent Napoleon from Ridley Scott ( which also gives great insight into French history) it just doesn’t rise to the level of a great film.

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Director Martin Bourboulon takes viewers to the early 17th century and inserts them into Alexandre Dumas' classic novel like no one has before. The Three Musketeers - Part I: D'Artagnan has sweeping cinematography that captures the beauty of the French countryside and the elaborate architecture of French palaces, incredible first-person perspectives on what it's like to be in battle, and costumes that feel so accurate you can almost feel the fabric. Plus, well-respected French actors play these very French characters, who are experiencing French history.

It may make you wonder why it's taken so long for a mainstream movie to depict these characters with such gravity (including much more realistic portrayals of Cardinal de Richelieu and King Louis XIII than in previous iterations). Just know that the film's more realistic approach also includes callous behavior and portrayals of arrogant masculinity. Still, it's thoroughly stimulating -- and it may even make some viewers seek out Dumas' novel and research the history of France.

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