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Forgotten Gem - the Three Musketeers (1993)

D'Artagnan travels to Paris hoping to become a musketeer, one of the French king's elite bodyguards, only to discover that the corps has been disbanded by conniving Cardinal Richelieu, who secretly hopes to usurp the throne. Fortunately, Athos, Porthos and Aramis have refused to lay down their weapons and continue to protect their king.

We travel back to the early 90's this week and revisit one of my all time favourites which a lot of the time gets lost mainly due to Robin Hood (Prince of thieves) being released a year and half earlier and being huge in comparison!

Its a shame as this doesnt seem to get the recognition it deserves.

This trip with the Musketeers beings together quite a strong cast with the likes of Charlie Sheen, Keifer Sutherland, Chris O'Donnell, Oliver Platt, as the Musketeers and Tim Curry as the films chief villain.

What stands out in this movie is just how funny it is in places, Charlie Sheen and Oliver Platt are in fine form and you can tell they were having a good time.

Tim Curry's excellently plays the Cardinal Richelieu in perfect bad guy form we have came to love from him.

The fight scenes are equally enjoyable and in a time before everything was CGI there is a certain realism and enjoyment to the sword fights.

Yes its a story we have all seen before, plot wise there is nothing new on show, but that doesn't take away from how fun this is, and in places the script is a little weak, but again this is fun and even through its weaknesses the fun element is still strong.

This is a perfect Sunday afternoon family film which if you haven't seen really needs a watch.

The poor 2011 Musketeer film has nothing on this!

Has to be added that Bryan Adams is back on the Theme song duty after his Monster from Robin Hood, This time helped by Rod Stewart and Sting with the wonderfully cheesy "all for love"

And to be honest that is what this film is - Cheesy but the lovable brilliant Cheese we all need every now and again!

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