The Musketeer

Theatrical Release: September 7, 2001
The Musketeer


Best for: Mature pre-teens to adults.
What it’s about: In 17th century France Cardinal Richelieu (Stephen Rea) schemes to gain power from the King and Queen (Catherine Deneuve) by using Febre (Tim Roth) as his corrupt enforcer. D’Artagnan (Justin Chambers) is a wanna-be musketeer who’s parents were killed in front of him when he was a boy, has been raised by his guardian Planchet (Jean-Pierre Castaldi) and searches for the man who killed his parents. He meets Francesca (Mena Suvari) a chambermaid who introduces him to the Queen who needs his help. Meanwhile the rest of the Musketeers are disheartened by the turn of events and Aramis (Nick Moran), Porthos (Steve Speirs) and Athos (Jan Gregor Kremp) look to D’Artagnan for help.

Dove Review

The good: This is a great popcorn movie that older kids to teens can enjoy along with adults. Even though the Musketeers has been done before, this one adds a unique touch by adding the incredible choreographed fight scenes from Xin Xin Xiong. This is an interesting tribute in that it combines the modern day martial arts with the old western style of fighting and it works for what it tries to be. Although the script lacks in character development and the story could have been better, it still delivers an action packed adventure mature kids to adults can enjoy. Artistic license has definitely been taken with novelist Alexandre Dumas’ original literary work, it’s still an enjoyable romp that leaves an opening for a sequel. The not-so-good: D’Artagnan has a quest to avenge his parents’ deaths and pursues Febre until he gets even. Febre is an evil character who’s verbally and physically abusive to a woman and child as well as several men.

Content Description

Offensive language: Maybe one or two mild words but plenty of jesting language with sexual innuendoes.Sexual situations: Sexual innuendoes and connotations between characters. Francesca’s uncle tries to sexually come on to her but she slaps him and pulls a knife threatening him with castration if he ever touches her again. D'Artagnan and Francesca kiss and go skinny-dipping (we don't see any nudity). Violence: Several deaths by sword fighting (nothing gory), a few men are shot. Febre holds a knife up to a litle girl’s throat and pushes a woman around. His character is very dark and cold-hearted. Parental advisory: This is not a movie for little ones because of the fight scenes and sexually suggestive situations. The action is geared more for mature older children and pre-teens. Entertainment value: B


Company: Universal Pictures
Writer: Alexandre Dumas pere' and Gene Quintano
Director: Peter Hyams
Producer: Moshe Diamant
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 105 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Holly McClure