A young swordsman comes to Paris and faces villains, romance, adventure and intrigue with three Musketeer friends.
Dumas’ classic novel has had many silver screen interpretations over the years, yet none are as rebelliously inventive with the text than this ’73 version by Richard Lester. Led by some of the finest actors of the era, this freewheeling adaptation is an adventure film of the highest order.
Although this adaptation contains a fairly loose plot, the combination of slapstick comedy with well choreographed action makes this film enjoyable to watch. The set and costume designs are spectacular, well thought out, and aesthetically pleasing. The classic tale of good versus evil, finding romance, and all things with honor is not lost in this representation.
A colorful adventure comedy with some of the greatest sword fights put on screen. One of the best villain trios ever put on film (Dunaway, Lee and Heston) They steal every scenes, with the possible exception of Oliver Reed, who is great and do a fantastic portrayal. Sadly most of the other musketeers behave like idiots. Could have been the definitive version of the novel had it been treated a little more serious.
Highly entertaining. Lester has very little concern for plot but the energy he conjures up that's a hybrid of choreographed action and madcap comedy is a kind I wish was more prevalent. Oliver Reed gives a lesson in revealing characters through action, while he's not much a sword fighter, seeing him in action tells you all you need to know. The film has an almost Altman-esque quality in its depiction of royalty.
Richard Lester's demythologization of the popular subject is still incredible for its many ironic details (e.g. the crash with the dummy near the end). I love the intentionally heavy-handed and somewhat clumsy fighting scenes more than the high quality choreographies from other film adaptations. And Michael York gives - especially in the beginning - a wonderful performance as clumsy fellow.
Very inconsistent in its quality, The Three Musketeers struggles to keep the pace going while juggling too many plot lines to fulfill or make them interesting. The movie has some good performances, notably by Christopher Lee who brought as much as he could to a hollow character. Some actions scenes are nice while others fall completely flat. It is sometimes fun but sometimes tonally confused on what it wants to be.
All for one and one for all! That’s the rallying cry of the Musketeers—guards of the French King—and the call to adventure for young readers enjoying their first taste of Dumas’ classic swashbuckler. Aramis, Athos, Porthos, and the not-quite-yet Musketeer D’Artagnan use their wits and their swords to battle an evil Cardinal, the traitorous Milady, and other enemies of the French court.