Is it that time of the decade again?
Honestly, it’s a fact Wikipedia that – since the turn of the 20th Century, there has been at least one production of the Three Musketeers per decade. That doesn’t include the numerous other spinoffs of television serials, sequels inspired by the source material, and animated versions (from Barbie to Mickey Mouse and everything in between!). It’s been covered in multiple countries in multiple languages (and even an Asylum release, have they no shame!) and I imagine it will continue to do so for a century to come.
And once more there will be Another Three Musketeers adaptation, back on the Big Screen. It also appears to be the first of at least two movies, this one being “The Three Musketeers: D’Artagnan” and the next “The Three Musketeers: Milady“. It may be at the front of an entire wave of swashbuckling shows as we’ve seen happen with other genres and if well done, I’d support that. The works of Dumas alone have given us The Man in the Iron Mask, The Count of Monte Cristo, and inspired the likes of Revenge of the Musketeers (1994)and Young Blades (2005) (Sturgeon’s Law may apply with some of this as with any genre boom, there’s gonna be some crap to shovel through like Ring of the Musketeers with David Hasselhoff).
With the 2023 entry, except for Eva Green (Casino Royal, 300: Rise of an Empire, Penny Dreadful, etc.), the cast is relatively new and unknown to North American audiences (Vincent Cassel might be the exception with Westworld, but I thought him pretty memorable for Underwater). Jacob Fortune-Lloyd as Buckingham (most likely one of the villains in this piece) has had some minor celebrity with See How They Run, an unnamed fleet officer in Star Wars: Ep IX – The Rise of Skywalker, and some television appearances. The quality of the villains have certainly been a significant factor to other efforts (Cardinal Richelieu having been portrayed by Tim Curry and Vincent Price for example). The director has a couple of movies under their belt as a primary and secondary director and writer. It also appears to be subtitled which hasn’t been popular for North American action films but Everything Everywhere All At Once might have helped break through that stigma for some.
Overall, it looks like it will be lush and sweeping with its fair share of grittiness as needed. I certainly have higher hopes for it than I did for the star studded 2011 attempt …