It seems like all my favourite movies come out of a discount bin! I hadn't even heard of this movie before yesterday, but now it's one of my favourite action flicks. My husband found it as he sifted through the cheep DVD's while he was waiting on me to finish shopping. He said he thought I would like it and wanted to get it for me. Well, he was right!
The Musketeer came out in 2002 and stars Catherine Deneuve, Tim Roth, and Justin Chambers in one of his first film roles. You Ladies out there probably know him best as Alex from Grey's Anatomy. =) As you have already guessed, the film is based on Alexandre Dumas' novel The Three Musketeers, with a few plot deviations, of course. Even though the story strayed from the book, I still thouroughly enjoyed it. This movie is a thrilling action flick from start to finish. The fighting coreogrophy is really nifty, and was unlike anything I had ever seen before. As the special features explained to me, the fighting scenes were specially designed by the director and choreographer to combine the typical brawling fights common in western movies with eastern martial arts style moves. The result is incredible, and will keep you glued to the screen wanting more.
The only reason this DVD gets a 4.5 from me instead of a 5 is because of the special features. It only contains the theatrical trailer and a couple quick "documentaries" about the making of the movie, and these quote themselves a lot, not really giving you much new information. I think the documentaries were cut much after the fact from the same interview.
Despite this, I'm still really happy we got this movie. It's a welcome addition to our movie collection, and I can't wait to watch it again! If you like either classic/historical movies or Jackie Chan-stye movies, then you'll like The Musketeer.