The Man In The Iron Mask (1998)

RANDALL WALLACE

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

United Kingdom/USA, 1998.  United Artists.  Screenplay by Randall Wallace, based on the books Vingt Ans Apres and Le Vicomte de Bragelonne by . Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Leonardo DiCaprio‘s first film release after Titanic is this adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ classic novel. Aging musketeers Jeremy Irons, Gerard Depardieu, Gabriel Byrne and John Malkovich come out of retirement to end the reign of a petty, selfish king (DiCaprio) and free his imprisoned twin brother (also DiCaprio) who is more suited to the kingly role thanks to his kinder nature (and I’m sure spending his entire life in an iron mask has broken his spirit just a bit too). French superstars  and  play the love interests (why are the actresses in these Dumas movies always the only ones who are actually French?)  It’s a rousing good time, sure to please its audience (and Leo’s), but like 1993’s The Three Musketeers (Julie Delpy was the girl in that one, see what I mean?) it won’t remain on your mind too long. Still, it is entertaining, and if that’s all you’re after it’s a safe bet.

European Film Award NominationOutstanding European Achievement in World Cinema (Gerard Depardieu)

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