The Man in the Iron Mask 1998
The Man in the Iron Mask ★★★ 1998 (PG-13)
Lavish retelling of Alexandre Dumas's classic story boasts a stellar cast with teen heartthrob DiCaprio in a dual role. Snotty tyrant King Louis XIV's (DiCaprio) lust for women inadvertently leads to the reunion of the retired Musketeers, bent on replacing cold Louis with his more sensitive twin brother Phillippe (DiCaprio, again), an inmate of the Bastille and hidden behind a ghastly mask. Irons, Malkovich, Depardieu, and Byrne bring a welcome seriousness and style to the oftentold story as the older, jaded Musketeers, while DiCaprio holds his own in the presence of such formi dable company. Although first-time direc tor Wallace doesn't balance the star pow er with enough swordplay, the high gloss production provides oldfashioned escaspist entertainment. 132m/C VHS, DVD . Leonardo DiCaprio, Gabriel Byrne, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, Gerard Depardieu, Anne Parillaud, Judith Godreche, Edward Atterton, Peter Sarsgaard, Hugh Laurie; D: Randall Wallace; W: Randall Wallace; C: Peter Suschitzky; M: Nick Glennie-Smith.