The Musketeers

The Musketeers

Season One

DVD - 2014
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On the streets of seventeenth century Paris, law and order is an idea more than a reality. In addition to being King Louis XIII's personal bodyguards, Athos, Aramis, Porthos, and their new friend D'Artagnan, stand resolutely for social justice, honor, valor, love, and for the thrill of it all. They must fight to maintain order and protect their King and Queen against the worst intentions of the ruthless Cardinal Richelieu and his secret weapon, Milady.
Publisher: [United States] : Bbc Us / Canada, 2014.
Edition: Widescreen ed.
Branch Call Number: MUSK
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (ca. 600 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Feb 29, 2016

The point of this is basically lighthearted swashbuckling and barely managing to get out of improbable situations to save the day. The lead actors are all handsome rogues who get into various difficulties and must rely on their skills and bonds of friendship to get through. So it's on the border of being cheesy and silly, but most of the time it's actually fun and enjoyable. It mostly avoids being so fully ridiculous as to be painful. Overall it feels like a throwback to the time before being gritty and dark became the popular aesthetic. Good guys are good and bad guys are bad here, there isn't much in between. Novel purists and sticklers for historical accuracy will find lots to criticize but no real surprise there. You have to embrace the lightheartedness and not take things too seriously.

Nov 15, 2015

Family purist, who reads the novel in French and English the way others read the St. James Bible, declined to risk seeing his most cherished story diminished by evil Hollywood. Phooey! His loss. Series reflects the lively spirit of the original with good writing, terrific cast, perfect sets, glorious music and, best of all, costumes that merit the highest of award. The capes, the hats with their blue feather flourishes - who couldn't swagger like a pirate with such conceits? Felt sorry for the women, who must have endured some aggressive corseting to have achieved such breathlessness and full and heaving bosoms. A wonderful romp!

Jan 30, 2015

Rated 8/10.


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