Man in the Iron Mask, The (1998)
The Man in the Iron Mask (1998) review
King Louis XIV (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a vain selfless ruler who has a deep dark secret. Aramis (Jeremy Irons) is now a priest, Porthos (Gérard Depardieu) has thoughts of suicide while Athos (John Malkovich) has difficulty realizing the death of his son. A mysterious iron masked man is imprisoned for 6 years. D'Artagnan (Gabriel Byrne) protects the King and has something to unveil with his sons. The set pieces, acting and costumes were spectacular. This could have been way better with better character development and a tad more action from the beginning instead on displaying the gorgeous castle. Story was descent was sometimes can be all over the place. It was fascinating to see Malkovich and Irons side by side acting and the comedic timing of Depardieu. Score was somewhat alright and story got better towards the end unfortunately, instead of capturing your attention from the very start of the picture. The Man with the Iron Mask is a film of honor, morals, power of family, sacrifice and impartiality.