France XVII century. Young Gascon d’Artagnan (Rinal Mukhametov) arrives to Paris to become the royal musketeer. In the first day in the capital he manages to quarrel and make friends with three future colleagues, Athos (Yury Chursin), Porthos (Alexey Makarov) and Aramis (Pavel Barshak), and also to fall in love with the married beauty to Constantius Bonasye (Anna Starshenbaum), the servant of the queen. When the woman asks d’Artagnan to deliver secretly the letter of her hostess to London, the young man immediately goes to travel. His new friends accompany the Gascon, knowing that on the road they should battle to guardsmen of cardinal Richelieu (Vasily Lanovoy) who spins intrigues against the spouse of the sovereign.
Royal suspension brackets round which the plot rotates, in the film – not fake "blestyashka", and the real ornaments from silver and rock crystal. Them made by the special order, and they managed in 10 thousand dollars
«I reconsidered almost all "Three musketeers" and was surprised that all try as it is possible to depart further from Duma». The picture press release begins with this quote of the producer, the director and the screenwriter of new "Musketeers" Sergey Zhigunov. Likely, at once to report that Zhigunov, the known actor and the skilled producer, did not write before scenarios and films did not put. Because to the person, got used to reflect on scenary and director’s problems, it is enough to thumb through the Talmud of the classic to understand that the modern analog of «Three musketeers» is not an action blockbuster like "Avengers", and a political and melodramaic TV series such as "Scandal" where 40 minutes talk, and then 30 seconds kill somebody. And not in each series. High-grade fighting scene? And than that is more rare.
The French director of fekhtovalny tricks working over a picture Michel Karlyez also played father d’Artagnan
Anything bad in it is not present. On the contrary – in the book exchanges of remarks look better, than exchanges of blows. Duma strong knew the craft. But at entertaining cinema the laws. And consequently skilled directors ruthlessly cut intrigues and dialogues, and then replace them with tricks and duels or, as in George Yungvald-Hilkevich’s Soviet musical, songs. The last manage cheaper than effects, are perfectly remembered and do bright and dramatic scenes which otherwise would turn out tiresome. Plus can be "scratched" with concerts!
Zhigunov too was compelled to reduce the novel, though now it is hard to say, to what degree. The matter is that the full version of new "Musketeers" – ten teleepisodes, and it is possible to push a lot of things into them. Now at cinema there is a two-hour version – in effect, the short abstract. Respectively, minor characters in a picture either are absent, or appear only in short episodes (To Felton in the novel some heads are devoted, and on the screen it only a minute), and action rushes with such speed that it is necessary to know decently the book to follow the events. And that is even worse, it is necessary to know well the book to sympathize with the events. The picture desperately does not have "air", possibilities quietly to get acquainted with the main characters. It is that case when it would be healthy if heroes were presented in songs.
However Zhigunov has no songs. And a dizzy action as in recent western "Musketeers", too is not present. Also the film boringly, without a production delicacy is shot. And actors in it play not the worst in the world, but also not such picturesque, as at Yungvald-Hilkevich. If, for example, Valentin Smirnitsky was Porthos, Alexey Makarov tries to be Porthos. The difference is obvious. On the general melkotravchaty background only Mkhat debutant Rinal Mukhametov who does not compete with Boyarsky is allocated, and plays that d’Artagnan who wrote to Duma. That is cocky youth. And at it it, generally, turns out. But for success of «Three musketeers» it is not enough one his enthusiasm.