All for one and one for all. It is amazing how much fondness for this movie retained in my mind. But as soon as I saw it again, after five or six years, I immediately forgot that I had just watched it three hours before.

I had a huge fondness as a kid for the 1973 version of “The Three Musketeers” with Richard Chamberlain and Oliver Reed.

It was really the first film that introduced me to fancy swordplay and the classic Alexandre Dumas story.

So after I graduated high school and really enjoyed the simplicity of “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” and “Young Guns” I was quite excited to see this remake come to life.

I know people who love the novel constantly complain about how this story has been warped. But the film is a symbol of the times.

The same was done with “Robin Hood” and “Young Guns”.

If you take it that way and see this film as being part of that class then you might enjoy the film.

The all-star cast included Kiefer Sutherland, Charlie Sheen, Oliver Platt (as the Musketeers), Chris O’Donnell (D’Artagnan), Tim Curry (Cardinal Richelieu), Rebecca DeMornay (Countess DeWinter), Gabrielle Anwar (Queen), Julie Delpy and Michael Wincott.

The performances of the four male leads reminds me very much of the gang in “Young Guns” except we are in 17th century France. No one has a French accent and Michael Wincott is the main villain’s lead henchman like “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves”. Even the theme song and Bryan Adams love ballad over the credits is just like “Robin Hood”. Tim Curry does his finest Alan Rickman impression with his devilish one-liners and goofy villainy. This whole film is such a clone of those two films it is kind of hysterical.

The movie is extremely forgettable. Plotlines like the love affair between O’Donnell and Delpy are abandoned. Inexplicable things like Platt’s character being a pirate needs more explaining but never is.

Director Stephen Herek (“Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” & “The Mighty Ducks”) delivered exactly what the studio asked for with this film.

Well at least it is better than “The Musketeer” or “Barbie & the Musketeers”.

2 out of 5

So Says the Soothsayer


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