Many consider European films to have more ‘nuanced’ storytelling compared to punchy Asian or American blockbusters. However…
With its makers hyping this to be pretty much the Avengers of French cinema—due to its star cast and a 2-part franchise—The Three Musketeers: D’Artagnan is out to entertain and, thankfully, it does so admirably!
This is the first part of a fun, charming, swashbuckling spectacle that promises a jovial ride from start to finish. And, given its modest budget of around €36 million (still substantial for a European film), it offers sublime fight scenes that use modern camera techniques in a lavish period set— all seamlessly finding their place in this adventurous story.
While The Three Musketeers: D’Artagnan’s emphasis on fun and action contributes to its overall appeal, it also becomes a double-edged sword as it overshadows the central characters—the musketeers themselves. We never really delve deeply into the promising, growing friendship of D’Artagnan and his new-found comrades, as the film chooses to prioritise the larger conflict between Protestants and Catholics.
Therefore, unsurprisingly, even certain supporting characters have more significant impact, which somewhat dilutes the essence of the main protagonist(s). So, hopefully, we get more musketeer moments from the second part of this franchise that’s literally called, The Three Musketeers: Milady.
Fortunately, the film doesn’t forsake all its French traditions… like acting. The cast succeeds in helping us look past the film’s flaws with strong performances—particularly from Eva Green and Vincent Cassel who are obvious standouts.
The Three Musketeers: D’Artagnan is out now in theatres and serves as the perfect entertainer to welcome the festive season!