The Three Musketeers – Part I: D’Artagnan
PG, violence, brief nudity.
Dir: Martin Bourboulon.
France/Germany/Spain, 2023, 121 min.
François Civil, Vincent Cassel, Romain Duris.
In French with English subtitles.
“A rollicking historical romp with nary a dull moment, The Three Musketeers – D’Artagnan offers all the sprightly action, jaunty repartee and sumptuous settings a contemporary movie-goer could possibly want… Intelligently written, energetically acted and solidly entertaining… Motivations – solving a murder, rescuing a wrongly convicted comrade-at-arms, keeping a potentially explosive royal secret, infiltrating a religious order — are anchored in the real world and the stakes are always high… Action — or plotting that will lead to action — is the preferred mode. Every body and brain is set to full speed ahead. And yet this isn’t exhausting to watch, just fun… There are long immersive tracking shots with layers of action unspooling within a you-are-there visual framework… The offhanded humor is nicely established when, on his very first day in Paris, D’Artagnan manages to offend three different men and accept three different duels that very afternoon. Developments are sometimes very swift, although not hard to follow. Just the night before arriving in the capital, D’Artagnan was shot and buried, only to emerge, coughing, from a shallow grave. There’s an explanation and like several twists along the way, it’s a clever one.” —Lisa Nesselson, Screen Daily
“This lavish period drama taps enthusiastically into the spirit of the source material. This is flamboyant, ostentatious, grandstanding film-making, unashamedly old-fashioned and incorrigibly entertaining.” —Wendy Ide, The Observer