The Man in the Iron Mask (1998)


Randall Wallace directs Leonardo DiCaprio, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jeremy Irons in this period swashbuckler where the musketeers try to swap a despotic French king with his incarcerated twin. 

Turgid and lacklustre. The stars look bored, the audience are bored, the grand finale involves the famous musketeers hiding around a corner for what feels like 90 minutes. This was back when Leo couldn’t carry a film, his autistic intensity coming across as juvenile overkill rather than seductively thorough. He cripplingly plays two central parts. The excellent support should prop him up but they all seem in the wrong roles muttering about long spent paycheck they wish they never cashed. Frocks and locations pretty enough.


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