The new movie The Three Musketeers: D’Artagnan, by French filmmaker Martin Bourboulon, is the first part of a duology. The sequel with the title The Three Musketeers: My Lady, will hit theaters later this year. The first part deals with an epic film inspired by the well-known historical adventure novel of the same name. Written in 1844 by French author Alexandre Dumas. Although it is one of the literary works that has been adapted countless times for film and television worldwide, it is the first French film adaptation of these heroes in more than 60 years.
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Producer Dimitri Rassam intended to carry out a project that would create a major event on the big screen, comparable to the great American franchises. Among his list, he highlighted the novel by Alexandre Dumas. Rassam met director Martin Bourboulon (Eifel, 2021) to discuss the project. The thought triggered a memory in Martin. During his youth he had had the opportunity to visit the set of the film d’Artagnan’s daughter (1994), which his father Frédéric Bourboulon had produced. Counting on Bourboulon’s participation, Rassam immediately commissioned a script from Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre de La Patellière (Le Prenom, 2012). The treatment they proposed for the story was a thriller in a violent world and began writing the screenplay in the summer of 2020.
The project was taken over by the French companies Pathé, Chapter 2 and M6Films, the German Constantin Film, the Spanish DeAPlaneta and the Belgian Umedia. The producers provided a total budget of 72 million euros for both parts of the story. An outstanding cast has been assembled, consisting of François Civil, Vincent Cassel, Romain Duris, Pio Marmaï, Eva Green, Ralph Amoussou, Éric Ruf and Marc Barbé. With all the details in place, filming began on August 16, 2021. Both films were shot for 150 consecutive days. Various French locations were used, including the Louvre Palace, the Castles of Fontainebleau, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Fort-la-Latte and the Chantilly Palace.
The plot of the film The Three Musketeers: D’Artagnan
In 1627 King Louis XIII. (Louis Garrel) of France on the brink of civil war. Divided by Catholics, supported by the King, and Protestants, supported by the British. As the king tries to keep the peace, mysterious agents work in the shadows to start a war. It’s up to the Three Musketeers and their new addition, d’Artagnan, to stop this from happening. Arriving in Paris, d’Artagnan (François Civil) is immediately drawn into this conspiratorial entanglement. As he investigates the situation, he encounters three men who challenge him to a duel. It’s about the famous Three Musketeers: Athos (Vincent Cassel), Porthos (Pio Marmaï) and Aramis (Romain Duris). Fascinated by the young man’s charming and twisted personality, he manages to integrate perfectly with the trio, which join forces to uncover and stop the machinations against the king.
A solid screenplay by Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre de La Patellière is one of the highlights of this film. His work manages to condense the events for this first part of the story very well and fluidly. So every moment of intrigue and action in the film The Three Musketeers: D’Artagnan it will be very entertaining. In turn, the actors can shine with their interpretations of the characters. François Civil perfectly embodies the personality of D’Artagnan, an enthusiastic and confused young Gascon with the illusion of becoming the king’s musketeer. Athos (Vincent Cassel), Porthos (Pio Marmaï) and Aramis (Romain Duris), all with very different personalities but incredible chemistry that works perfectly on screen. The way they are written and the relationship between them makes you feel like this new member of the team will be a natural part of the trio.
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Besides those already mentioned, Louis Garrel’s performance as King of France is magnificent. He manages to print the regal presence his character demands. Choosing to represent Milady in this version of the story fits Eva Green like a glove. He delivers an unmissable performance and also demonstrates language skills by delivering his lines in both English and French. In addition, she has an attitude and a face of strength, mystery and seduction that are perfectly suited to her role.
Nicolas Bolduc’s camera gives this story an epic aspect. Comparable to Ridley Scott films, like The Duelists (1977) and gladiator (2000), which served as inspiration for Bourboulon’s vision. The photography is complemented by Célia Lafitedupont’s edition, which presents some elegantly touched-up action scenes. Thus, it allows the viewer to immerse themselves in these moments that they present to us. It is photographed in such a way that you can almost feel your way into these moments without losing sight of what is happening. There are also backdrops and costumes that let us feel the scale of the staging and put us in the time in which the story takes place.
The film The Three Musketeers: D’Artagnan It fulfills Rassam and Bourboulon’s vision of offering the viewer a show of great magnitude, entertaining up to the last moment. It even has a final scene before the credits roll that keeps us waiting for more. The Three Musketeers: D’Artagnan It’s already in theaters and it’s the second part, The Three Musketeers: My Lady, Probably in December 2023.