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Three Musketeers balances comedy and action

The Three Musketeers
Starring Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland,
Chris O'Donnell, Oliver Platt, Tim Curry,
and Rebecca De Mornay.
Screenplay by David Loughery.
Loews Copley Place.

By Patrick Mahoney
Staff Reporter

Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Chris O'Donnell, Oliver Platt, Tim Curry, and Rebecca De Mornay, work to bring excitement, action and humor to the screen.

The story is set in France, and begins with D'Artagnan (O'Donnell) setting out for Paris to become a musketeer, just like his father had been. Only when he gets there he finds out that the musketeers have been disbanded by Cardinal Richelieu (Curry) who seeks to steal the throne from the king. D'Artagnan soon stumbles upon the last three musketeers who refuse to resign their commission (Sheen, Sutherland, and Platt). The four of them mishappenly uncover Richelieu's treasonous plot and seek to stop him.

The movie was filmed in Austria, and it lends the film sense of realism and history. The castle shots and the scenery are marvelous and really make you think that you are in 19th century France.

All of the actors do a fine job in their roles. De Mornay's role as the wicked Milady is pleasantly entertaining. She is evil and cunning, two qualities that De Mornay has experience playing well.

O'Donnell is the weakest link. This is his first comedic role, and it shows. Parts of his acting seem a little forced and do not flow naturally. I enjoy his performance, and I think that he will get better in comedic roles once he gets a little more experience.

Platt, who plays the amorous Porthos, is excellent. He is by far the most convincing of the major stars. His line "I love my work" is one of the best delivered lines in the movie. Porthos adds a humorous dimension to the staff and succeeds is bringing out the comic side of the other characters.

The most enjoyable part of this movie was the balance between comedy, action, and plot. The film was funny, but most of the humor came from casual witty one-liners. It was good to see that this movie wasn't overwhelmed by humor, which it could easily have been. There was enough plot to keep the movie interesting, yet not too much as to draw unnecessary attention to a story line that most people already know.

I enjoyed the sword fighting scenes throughout the movie. They were well choreographed and exciting to watch. But I don't think that they were the main focus of the movie, which is good. Much more attention was paid to the characters and to their interactions. The fight scenes were used as a means to support the story as opposed to their being used simply for their own good.

On the whole I found The Three Musketeers very entertaining, so much so that I plan to go see it again.