Rated PG-13; 132 Minutes
Leonardo DiCaprio: King Louis/Philippe
Jeremy Irons: Aramis
John Malkovich: Athos
Gérard Depardieu: Porthos
Gabriel Byrne: D'Artagnan
Anne Parillaud: Queen Anne
Judith Godrèche: Christine
Edward Atterton: Lieutenant Andre
Peter Sarsgaard: Raoul
Hugh Laurie: King's advisor
Prodcued by René
Dupont, Paul Hitchcock, Alan Ladd Jr., Russ Smith, and Randall
Wallace; Directed by Randall Wallace; Screenwritten
by Alexandre Dumas and Randall Wallace
by DAVID KEYES
Man In The Iron Mask" is an incredibly ridiculous entry
to the "swashbuckling adventure" genre, filled with costumes
and a cast that anyone would love, and dialogue that everyone
would love to hate.
film stars Leonardo DiCaprio who, after appearing in "Marvin's
Room," "Romeo And Juliet" and "The Quick And The Dead,"
nails down his title as the king of movies that are bad
from the very first moment. He plays two distinguishing
roles: King Louie the 14th (an egotistical, spoiled, little
brat) and his twin brother, Phillipe, who has been imprisoned
in Louie's dungeon his whole life, wearing an iron mask.
A few people in the kingdom plot to have Phillipe replace
Louie as the king of their country, simply because Louie
seems incapable of doing the job successfully.
this movie, there are some fine, influential actors: Gabriel
Byrne, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovitch and, of course, DiCaprio
are among them. But their characters at some point in the
film seem to have trouble with their dialogue. DiCaprio's
King Louie, for instance, spends what seems like five painful
minutes ranting and raving about Phillipe for no apparent
reason. At the end of his speech, he concludes, "Wear the
iron mask until you die in it." This line is one of the
lead lines of the movie, and to think it took him that long
to get to that point! Actually, it only seemed long; I'm
not sure if it really was.
whole movie seems like this. The movie makes audiences feel
as if it wil never end, and characters talk so much for
no simple reason. Most of the dialogue is unnecessary, not
rally relating to the story. If we want to see people reciting
useless dialogue, then we can go see "Spiceworld."
from the annoying dialogue, "The Man In The Iron Mask" also
has a problem with developing its characters. Often we find
the three musketeers (the main reason for me seeing the
movie) getting lost, not only in their own, boring dialogue,
but also in the twists of the plot. In fact, they are so
dull and dreary, I didn't even bother to wait for them to
say their most famous line: "All for one and one for all!"
At that point, I was already asleep.
was really looking forward to this movie, too. Being DiCaprio's
first film since him ground breaking "Titanic," it seemed
as though he was going to continue his success. He doesn't.
But you watch: "That Man In The Iron Mask" will be a hit,
simply because DiCaprio is in it. He literally is the box
office magnet for today's films. That's why most of his
movie are big hits. Yet, most of his movies are also crummy.
With the exceptions of "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?" and
"Titanic," I haven't seen him in any good movies. It's terrifying!
He could go really downhill if he chooses many more bad
roles. DiCaprio has so much gifted talent, not even I would
like to see his career be destroyed.
movies isn't a total loss, though. It has outstandingly
crafted backgrounds, devastatingly beautiful costumes and,
of course, a great cast. If the writers, the director and
the producer had managed to iron out the kinks in the script
before they made it, we could have been talking about one
of the best films of the year.
due to its burdened dialogue and storyline, this one could
possibly pass off as one of the worst films of the year.
1998, David Keyes, Cinemaphile.org.
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