‘The Three Musketeers – Part I: D’Artagnan’ 1 MINUTE MOVIE REVIEW: An Enjoyable Swashbuckling Adventure


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French-language film The Three Musketeers: D’Artagnan is, for the most part, an easily enjoyable swashbuckling adventure.

I haven’t read the much-adapted novel, so I can’t speak to its treatment of the source material.

The tale itself unfolds smoothly enough, introducing our charming characters and setting up the conspiracy they find themselves in. There are a number of contrived moments though – characters overhearing things at the right time, stumbling on a painting reveal by chance, and more. I’m not sure if all the various happenstances occur in the novel or not – but these did bug me a little.

And while D’Artagnan obviously gets the larger spotlight, I was left wanting a little more depth for the three musketeers he finds himself aligned with. Not a big detraction though, as the film has one fantastic cast.

François Civil is perfect as our charming, likeable titular hero. The casting highlight has to be Eva Green as antagonist Milady – she’s great, even with this just being her lead-up (part two is titled Milady, after all).

The film also features some robust action sequences, including well-choreographed long takes.

A handsomely produced historical romp we don’t get too much of these days. Looking forward to part two.