Film Review – The Three Musketeers (2023)

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Being quite partial to period set hullaballoo over the years of various incarnations of the classic Alexandre Dumas novel, it was enlightening to see this stripped back version with inspired casting keeping proceedings appropriately light and energetic. It’s still all for one, one for all.

The Three Musketeers, a trio of romanticised tyrants, charlatans and sword waving hustlers running around the fields of France with a new unlikely affiliate D’Artagnan (Malachi Pullar-Latchman) tagging along in their misadventures.

Contemporary feels aside, history as expected has been stretched for entertainment value remaining interesting throughout, authentic locations of soft, damp, green, dense forests kept visuals appealing as the likable cast signify at the very least, they’re having fun. David O’Mahony fares best as Porthos, with enduring Preeya Kalidas (Bend it like Beckham – 2002) is appealing as backstabbing, Milady.

Aristocratic comedy is at the forefront, particularly displayed in the 25th minute traditional bar fight played for laughs not thrills.

Not quite a technical accomplishment, it seems Director Bill Thomas, saved the bulk of his indie film budget for effective gunpowder explosions and an obviously structured pyro filled finale.

Bill also smartly brings back the excellent lead of his previous, superior film, Adventures of Maid Marian (2022) Sophie Craig, bringing vitality and much needed range as Madame Chevreuse.

Unfortunately, the villain here is soft without a snarl in sight getting about as threatening as a baby throwing toys out of the cot!

Where’s Tim Curry as Richelieu (The Three Musketeers, 1993) when you need him.

Overall, an A for effort in the costume department, some look to be stitched up threads of a minor cos-player, just don’t look too closely at your HD big screen.

As an admirer of anything Musketeers, this is an enjoyably gratifying romp.

★★ 1/2

Adventure, Action | UK, 2023 | 12 | DVD, Digital | 13th March 2023 (UK) | Signature Entertainment | Dir. Bill Thomas | James Cosmo, Sophie Craig, Jake J. Meniani, David O’Mahony , Ben Freeman, Malachi Pullar-Latchman

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