The Man In the Iron Mask [Blu-ray] starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich Great Service Footnotes in movie books are likely to reduce this swashbuckling adventure down to a simple description: it was the first movie to star Leonardo DiCaprio after the phenomenal success of Titanic. As such it automatically attracted a box-office stampede of Leos young female fans, but critical reaction was deservedly mixed. Having earned his directorial debut after writing the Oscar-winning script for Mel Gibsons Braveheart, Randall Wallace wrote and directed this ambitious version of the often- filmed classic novel by Alexandre Dumas. DiCaprio plays dual role s as the despotic King Louis XIV, who rules France with an iron fist, and the kings twin brother, Philippe, who languishes in prison under an iron mask, his identity concealed to prevent an overthrow of Louis throne. But Louis abuse of power ultimately enrages Athos (John Malkovich), one of the original Four Musketeers, who recruits his former partners (Gabriel Byrne, Gérard Depardieu, and Jeremy Irons) in a plot to liberate Philippe and install him as the kings identical replacement. Once this plot is set in motion and the Musketeers are each given moments in the spotlight, the film kicks into gear and offers plenty of entertainment in the grand style of vintage swashbucklers. But its also sidetracked by excessive length and disposable subplots, and for all his post-Titanic star power, the boyish DiCaprio just isnt yet man enough to be fully convincing in his title role. Still, this is an entertaining movie, no less enjoyable for falling short of the greatness to which it aspired. --Jeff Shannon I can't explain it (I'm not a tween-aged girl) but I truly, deeply love this film, especially the last half hour. It's not a great film, it's not even a pretty good film, as a film critic would evaluate it, but there's just something about it. Most of the cast is really good; even Leonardo isn't all that bad. As to it being "true to the book"--it's not, so deal with it. For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price: The Man In the Iron Mask [Blu-ray] starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich - 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price!
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