The 2011 movie?!
Haha, definitely not!
Err… The 1993 movie?
Sure, I was only six when this movie was released (actually, a bit over a month until I was seven), and I never saw it until a year or two later, but I still love it! It’s a great little piece of my childhood that continues to be an interest.
When we first saw it, there were only two people Bro and I recognised. Porthos (Oliver Platt) was “that guy from Beethoven,” and we’ve just always known about Tim Curry, who played Cardinal Richelieu. (I’m pretty sure this movie was the first time we’d seen Charlie Sheen, who played Aramis.) Nowadays, it’s pretty much an all-star cast! Paul McGann, who played two characters: Girard –the ginger in a duel with d’Artagnan in the beginning– and Jussac –the Cardinal’s guard who comes to arrest the musketeers twice–, went on to play the 8th Doctor! When 24 came out, Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is Athos. Hubby started watching Burn Notice and Fiona is Queen Anne (Gabrielle Anwar). Then, NCIS: LA comes along and we find d’Artagnan (Chris O’Donnell). Sorry, King Louis (Hugh O’Conor), I personally have not seen you anywhere else…
No, you’re right. This movie doesn’t follow the book. Isn’t it rare, though, to find such a movie? And when we do find one, it’s usually not so great. (Frankly, there are a few things that I didn’t so much care for in the book that are excluded in this movie… but we won’t get into those.) No, this movie is a comedy based on the book. The very existence of the minor character Girard alone shows that it’s a comedy from the beginning. Charlie Sheen plays a priest-like character, which is so ironic it’ll bring anyone a giggle. Finally, the hilarity that Porthos brings is the best of all.
For those who were hoping for action, don’t worry — there’s plenty of it. This was the age of swords and duels, after all. There’s also a bit of romance for the chick flick lover in you. (Come on… everyone has seen at least one Meg Ryan movie.)
Comedy, action, a bit of romance, and a lot of familiar actors. Sounds like a great movie for which I would cuddle up and relax. I think I’m going to go watch it again…