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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
A good rendering of the Alexander Dumas novel, paired with an ornate recreation of the early 17th century and its values (according to Dumas and Hollywood, anyway).
Hypocrisies and pretensions of the upper-class and religious orders are underscored. Religion -- Christianity, here -- proves a handy tool to manipulate assassins and destroy enemies in cruel political maneuverings.
Positive Role Models
The Musketeers are brave though not exactly ethical; they kill dissidents in a religious war without any qualms, and Porthos may not have been a very good husband. Clergy are shifty, power-hungry and not at all holy. Religious feeling is used to manipulate the only character who seem to take Christianity seriously, turning him into a killer and traitor.
Violence & Scariness
Sword thrusts and knifings, some fatal, plus battlefield explosions, rifle fire, and personal combat. Female characters suffer a whipping and a strangulation, non-explicitly shown. Finale involves an execution by beheading, happening at a distance.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Bosomy costumes on women. One character may have started out life as a prostitute.
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"God" as an exclamation, "damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking and occasional drunkenness.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this version of the classic Alexander Dumas saga has plentiful swordplay and mortar fire, with some fatalities and bloody wounds. Also, expect brief scenes of punishment by whipping/branding and a fatal strangulation (but no gore). Female characters wear cleavage-baring costumes. There is some drunkeness and a strong sub-theme of religion used to inspire war and murder. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This follow-up continues the giddy 17th-century joy-ride tone of its predecessor and its sly blend of comedy and action. But there is a slightly more serious effect -- maybe because of the intrusion of war and the sense of real death and loss for the established characters, both heroes and villains. The depiction of Christianity as a corrupting tool, brazenly wielded by the wicked for their schemes (even "good guy" Aramis has a declared intent to go into the priesthood but can never find the time in between dueling and womanizing), is vivid indeed, although the flighty narrative is seldom weighed down very long by excess gravity, except for an execution epilogue.
Producers of the 1974 hit The Three Musketeers shot this sequel back to back. Actually, the plan was for a super-sized movie, covering the entire Alexander Dumas novel The Three Musketeers, but the narrative was split into two parts, and two separate movies were released to the ticket-buying public (and, in a bit of chicanery worthy of Richelieu, this was kept secret from all the movie talent, who only got paid for one film).
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