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Movie Review: The Three Musketeers Marathon

The Three Musketeers [1993]
I don't know what it is with The Three Musketeers that I'm into it so much. When I was a kid, I watched the 1993 film over and over after school. My mom even bought me an original VHS tape, which we had to throw away when we moved because it was no longer usable.

I recently found out that there was a 1973 version and tons of others, but that's the only one I downloaded along with the 1993 and 2011 version plus The Man in The Iron Mask. Technically, the latter has a different story but it still involves the same musketeers so I added it to the list.

The 1993 version has a similar plot with the other versions but was delivered differently. A young Chris O'Donnell as D'Artagnan fits the role well in my opinion. Since I first watched this film when I was a kid, I didn't know the other casts, but now that I'm older, it's nice to see a young Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, and Oliver Platt in action.

The Three Musketeers [1973]
The 1973 version of The Three Musketeers was a bit boring for my taste, or maybe I was distracted to understand what was going on. Some scenes were funny, but since it was made in the 70s I didn't understand some of the jokes or references. I stopped halfway and never finished it, but I did understand what it was about after watching the 2011 version because it had very similar run.

The 2011 version starred Logan Lerman as D'Artagnan. I thought he was too young to play that part but then again, Chris O'Donnell may have been around the same age when he played that part.

The Three Musketeers [2011]
The difference between the 1973 and the 2011 versions was the former was more realistic, the latter involved creation of flying ships (which reminded me of Capt. Hook's ship). It targeted a younger audience, some might say it was Disney-fied. But I'd have to say it was more adventurous than the other films.

The actors who played Athos, Porthos, and Aramis are new to me. One of them looked familiar but I'm not sure. Apart from Lerman, other famous actors in this movie are Orlando Bloom and Milla Jovovich.

The Man in the Iron Mask [1998]

And finally, we have The Man in the Iron Mask. Although it centers on King Louis XIV of France and his twin brother who was hidden from the world, it still involved the former musketeers Athos, Porthos, Aramis, and D'Artagnan but in their older selves.

Leonardo di Caprio is really one great actor, as young as he was, he already made a great portrayal of the young King and the twin. Watching the film in this day and age, I found some things that were inconsistent or might seem stupid. But it's all right as it all worked out in the end. I certainly loved Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, and Gérard Depardieu in this film too. There was also a short role for Hugh Laurie! I was surprised to see him there since I didn't know him when I was 12. The whole movie felt short though, it was fast-paced, every thing was made to fit a 132 minute film.
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