Rated: PG Reviewed by: Frank Release date: November 12, 1993 Released by: Walt Disney Pictures
With basically the same story which has been seen before, it would take unique filming for this remake to be distinct and interesting.
The countryside settings and the castles are glorious but the swash buckling acton is mundane. Somewhat like Robin Hood of a few years back, there is an element missing. Performances by Charlie Sheen as Aramis, Kiefer Sutherland as Athos and Oliver Platt as Porthos are overshadowed by Tim Curry as the evil Cardinal Richelieu. Chris O'Donnell is a very weak D'Artagnan. Gabrielle Anwar (the Tango dancer from Scent of a Woman) plays Queen Anne ad Re ecca DeMornay is wasted in a limited role as Milady DeWinter.
The reign of King Louis (Hugh O'Connor) is threatened by Richelieu who has disbanded the Musketeers. Young D'Artagnan, son of a Musketeer, learns of the breakup on his way to join the Musketeers. He fights with each of the three remaining defenders of the King and eventually the four join together to fight the Cardinal and save the King and Queen. Their cavalier battles and womanizing bring comic relief but not enough to save the film. The effective cast isn't enough, the Musketeers fall on their swards.
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