The Man in the Iron Mask

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All for one and one for all!

A King is supposed to be loved by his country but Louis the XIV (Leonardo DiCaprio) didn’t make that very easy for the people of France with his pompous nature and disregard for their plight.  A member of the previous King’s royal army, known as the Musketeers, uncovers a well hidden secret that just may change the fate of France…the King has a twin brother.  With deep resentment building among his people, can the King be dethroned by his brother?

This movie was a split in my house, my husband didn’t care for it, but I really enjoyed it.  The star-studded cast was marvelous, and really makes this movie with DiCaprio, Gerard Depardieu, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich & Gabriel Byrne.  DiCaprio plays two characters so distinctly and effectively that you hate one for his cruel ways and love the other for his gentle, authentic nature.  The original Three Musketeers, or four if you include D’Artagnan, are middle aged now but are still revered by many and their tales legendary.  Byrne as D’Artagnan (my favorite) plays a strong beloved leader with a mysterious side that will be revealed in the movie; Irons as Aramis, the priest with a voice of reason for the group (I struggled as he spoke to not think of Scar from the Lion King but I failed); Malkovich plays Athos and seems to become his roles and is always very convincing; and Depardieu as Porthos a womanizer who brings a laugh or two. The castles and finer things of life were exquisite and fun to look at but a stark contrast to the view the Man in the Iron Mask had (which was awful).  If you liked The Counte of Monte Cristo or The Three Musketeers, rent this one!

Motherly Advice:  Like many of these period pieces the biggest issue that can’t be filtered is the clothing; the ladies wear beautiful gowns with vast amounts of cleavage.  The King is focused mainly on bedding attractive young ladies and then doing away with them as he see fits. The sexual scenes are filtered out but lying in bed with skin shown and the appearance of more than just sleeping are not.  The Musketeers are mostly good men to look up to, except for Porthos, as he appears drunk in one scene and is literally shown rolling in the hay with a woman (no nudity and the scene is short).  Sword fighting (there is stabbing but no blood), some gunfire and people shown in prison in terrible conditions are shown but were not offensive to me with my filters set to Most Filtering.  The story may move a little slow for kids and remember it does have more sexual innuendo and discussions than I care for but I think would be okay for ages 15+ with the filters.

Hannah Clearplay Musketeer

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