The Three Musketeers – Part I: D’Artagnan (2023) Movie Review

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Towards the end of the 2023 French Cinema Festival on November 26 2023, there is one of the featured films that will be screened as the closing act and Cineverse has been waiting for a long time since the first semester of 2023.

The film with the original title Les trois mousquetaires: D’Artagnan or in Indonesia will come with the international title, The Three Musketeers – Part I: D’Artagnan, which will be the first film of two parts, the second film of which will be entitled The Three Musketeers: Milady . This second film is planned to be released in France on December 13, 2023.

The film The Three Musketeers this time is not the first adaptation of the novel The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, which is famous for other works that have been adapted to the big screen, such as The Count of Monte Cristo in 2002.

However, it is the novel The Three Musketeers that is best known to many people. It is not without reason that Dumas’s work is very famous throughout the world, because this latest film will be the umpteenth film adaptation to be shown on the big screen since the first film adaptation was released in 1903 through a short film.

This film, which has actually premiered in France since April 2023, presents many surprises that we have never seen before. What’s the film like this time? Will it be as good as the previous adaptation? Cineverse will review it below.

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The Three Musketeers – Part I: D’Artagnan (2023) Synopsis

A young man from the small town of Gascony named D’Artagnan (François Civil), goes to Paris to join the Musketeers of the Guard. On the way, he tried to help a woman, but the guard knocked her unconscious.

After he woke up, D’Artagnan then continued his journey and visited Capitaine de Tréville, commander of the Musketeers at his headquarters on the recommendation of his dead father. D’Artagnan then sees one of the men who tried to kill him while on his way to France and he tries to chase the man.

However, while chasing him, he accidentally bumps into three Musketeers, Athos (Vincent Cassel), Porthos (Pio Marmaï) and Aramis (Romain Duris), who each invite D’Artagnan to a duel at separate times.

When they were about to duel, it turned out that Cardinal Richelieu’s bodyguards appeared and tried to arrest them because the duel was illegal. Despite being outnumbered, the four men won the fight with Richelieu’s bodyguards.

After learning of this, King Louis XIII (Louis Garrel) reprimanded the three Musketeers. Since this incident, D’Artagnan became friends with the three Musketeers and finally found out who his new friends were.

While in France, he stays at an inn and falls in love with Constance Bonacieux (Lyna Khoudri), who works for Queen Anne (Vicky Krieps) who is secretly having an affair with the Duke of Buckingham of England. Queen Anne herself was married to her husband, Louis XIII, and if the affair were discovered, it would result in her being executed.

Cardinal Richelieu (Eric Ruf), who continues to try to overthrow Queen Anne at any cost, is allied with a mysterious woman named Milady (Eva Green).

As time went by, Athos was later accused of murdering a prostitute (who was found completely naked next to him in bed with multiple stab wounds) and sentenced to death. D’Artagnan realizes that the prostitute is actually the woman he tried to save on his trip to Paris.

He and the two Musketeers decide to find out who he is, so they can save Athos. D’Artagnan then goes to the House of Valcour to speak with the family they believe is related to the woman. Milady apparently lives there and tries to kill him, but D’Artagnan manages to escape from the house.

Unknown to his friends, Athos was released when he was about to be executed, by his younger brother, Benjamin. His brother and his friends planned to kill King Louis XIII when Gaston, Duke of Orléans and Marie de Bourbon, Duchess of Montpensier, were getting married in the cathedral.

What will happen to the King and Athos with D’Artagnan, Porthos and Aramis in the future? Were Milady and Cardinal Richelieu captured by the Musketeers?

The Three Musketeers – Part I: D’Artagnan Review

Transfer of vehicles that are expanded even wider than the novel

We need to know that The Three Musketeers – Part I: D’Artagnan doesn’t really follow the original standards. Many fundamental changes have been made that are different and much more complex than the original story in the novel.

The first thing that is visible is the character of Milady, which Director Martin Bourboulon is now trying to develop to be darker and more mysterious. Milady, played well by Eva Green, will be the central character in the second film and become the link between the many mysterious events that occur in the first film.

The second thing that looks different is the age of the Musketeers who look different from the original characters (estimated to be in their mid-20s-30s), Romain Duris is already 50 years old, even Vincent Cassel is now 57 years old! D’Artagnan should be young (around his early 20s), not François Civil who is now 33 years old.

The third thing that attracts attention is Athos who is framed for the murder of a prostitute that he did not commit. A subplot added to the narrative of this film.

The fourth thing that makes this narrative even longer is the second subplot that is tried to be added to this film. The subplot was the Huguenot rebels who were French Protestants against King Louis XIII, who was predominantly Catholic, which had always sparked conflict for a long time. Later these two subplots will be combined towards the conclusion.

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Another difference that stands out is the depiction of the character Porthos as bisexual, something that was too forced in the 1600s.

As a result of this wider expansion of the narrative, the film’s plot moves relatively slowly in several scenes. Because each Musketeer is separate to solve problems that arise one after another. A strange thing, considering they almost always work together to solve problems.

The technical elements are commendable

There are many interesting shots in The Three Musketeers – Part I: D’Artagnan that we have never seen before. The visualization is also amazing, with the production design being taken very seriously.

We will also be presented with the best choreography in the history of The Three Musketeers transferred to the big screen, it is more serious, unlike the previous films where the fights were filled with slapstick comedy.

It could be said that this latest version has a darker nuance than all the adaptations ever made, because there are many new subplots that make the original characters much more mysterious than before.

Conclusion

The Three Musketeers – Part I: D’Artagnan is not a faithful adaptation of the original novel. Even so, this film is much more interesting than before, even Cineverse itself prefers this loose adaptation to the 1973 version which is considered the best (because its originality is close to the original novel) of all adaptations ever released on the big screen.

By breaking this film into two relatively long parts, we will see a transfer vehicle with the narrative complexity of the key characters now being further deepened.

The many differences mentioned above are not a weakness, but are a reminder that with these differences, The Three Musketeers – Part I: D’Artagnan will be much better than the previous version.

The existence of a new subplot will make this film not feel boring like the previous transfers we have seen. This film is much darker and more serious than the previous installment.

It’s also interesting to see that Milady’s character is now very mysterious, as well as the characters of the other three Musketeers who have something bigger in store for the second part.

Don’t forget that there are important end-credits at the end of the film which will reveal the big secret behind the relationship between Milady and Cardinal Richelieu.

The Three Musketeers – Part I: D’Artagnan will soon be shown at the XXI cinema. Look forward to his presence soon.

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