The Three Musketeers (1993) [Movie Review]

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Three best of the disbanded Musketeers – Athos (Kiefer Sutherland), Porthos (Oliver Pratt), and Aramis (Charlie Sheen) are joined by a young hotheaded would-be-Musketeer, D’Artagnan (Chris O’Donnell), in order to stop the Cardinal Richelieu’s (Tim Curry) evil schemes: to form an alliance with enemy England by way of the mysterious Milady (Rebbeca De Mornay). Rochefort (Michael Wincott), the Cardinal’s right-hand man, announces the official disbanding of the King’s Musketeers. The three, however, refuse to throw down their swords. D’Artagnan arriving in Paris to join the Musketeers, uncovers the Cardinal’s plans, and the four set out on a mission to protect King and Country.

threemusketeers-ka-1By all rights The Three Musketeers is an absolutely terrible film. The acting is bad although not terrible, the characters are cheesy and the action scenes are completely mindless. At the time the film was negatively received by critics while the general public gave it a more mixed reception. Chris O’Donnell was even nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor. How he managed to land the role of Robin in Batman Forever is beyond me! A franchise in which he went on to earn two more Razzie nominations.

However, it has to be said that this film is a whole lot of fun to watch. It stinks of classic 90’s cheese. Some of the one liners are so daft I find it hard imagining the writing process for them. I think it’s the 90’s cheese factor that helps me enjoy this movie though. it’s bad but find a way to be amusing in a completely harmless way.

At the end of the day this ridiculous film still somehow manages to be better than the 2011 version. Which for all it’s extra CGI nonsense is still full of poor acting and awkward characters. Yet it also comes with a general dullness, that no matter how ‘polished’ it was couldn’t improve it. The Three Musketeers movies are meant to be swashbuckling adventures and the 1993 film does it a heck of a lot better.

The real question is did I have a good time watching this movie? To which the answer is always yes, it’s a ridiculous romp for sure, but very enjoyable. Just don’t take it seriously otherwise you’ll realise just how bad it actually is.

Verdict: Thumbs Up

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