The hot-headed young D'Artagnan along with three former legendary but now down on their luck Musketeers must unite and defeat a beautiful double agent and her villainous employer from seizing the French throne and engulfing Europe in war.
Paul W.S. Anderson
In 1947, a smart-mouthed Brit working in L.A. as a private eye (or peeper) is on a case to find the long lost daughter of a shady client pursued by two dangerous goons. The case leads him to a rich oddball Beverly Hills family.
In 17th century Paris, a dashing swordsman named D'Artagnan finds himself at odds with the powerful forces taking over France. He sets out to avenge the murder of his parents and finds his country cleaved by chaos and civil unrest. His heart softens only for Francesca, a fiery peasant girl who claims D'Artagnan's heart on sight.Written by
Sujit R. Varma
The movie opens well and sets the stage for for the rest of the film. This very well may be the best part of the film, so if you walk in on it during the opening credits, it might be wise to abandon it and see it some other time (it's a pre-credits sequence).
The Musketeer has a realistic look and feel to it, which I was very happy to see, even though there are times when a support cable or wire might pop in as an extra. There is even an airplane in one shot (don't worry, it's more than 30,000 feet away). Even though there are multiple "appearances" by support equipment, I was still happy with the overall look and feel. That's rare for me, as I am very detail oriented.
Another strong point of this film was the absence (or near absence) of blood. To be able to tell a story such as this, get the message across well, and have very little blood flow speaks for itself.
The weak point of this film. Yes, there is a weak point, and it's a strong enough weak point to make people wonder if they liked the movie or not. The action sequence editing... ...most notably the fight scenes. I can guess that the fight scene choreography was very good, but that's as close as I can get because I don't think I saw much fighting. It seemed to be mostly implied. I truly believe that the editors took all of the fight scene footage, put it in a food-processor, and made an attempt to splice it together somehow... ...in the dark. Those scenes are hard to follow and really confusing as to what's going on. If they were treated this way to avoid looking too violent, then there is a better way to do that. Some of the shots really resembled "cutting room floor" shots. What I mean by this is there would be a shot of some guys sword fighting, everyone is "anonymous", and it's a close-up of their legs. ???? What's that about? The scenes seemed to constantly hint that something cool just happened but it was something that we didn't see.
Although I liked this movie, I would warn potential viewers of it about the fight-scene editing (As I am attempting to do now), and of the characters getting really lightweight during those same fight scenes. The rest of the film is quite good and I would recommend it to almost anyone.
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