The Man in the Iron Mask: Not Leo's finest hour

in films •  5 months ago 

This was another one of those movies that I was forced to attend because my girlfriend at the time had a thing for Leo (I believe this was a rather wide-spread phenomenon.) However, it is another one of those films that I believe there were tons of better options available out there rather than Leonardo DiCaprio.


This film is very loosely based on a novels by Alexandre Dumas in that the Three Musketeers are in it. Mostly it focuses on King Louis who is played by Leo. The Kingdom of France isn't doing so well and the people are suffering because of the expenses on war and the own lavish lifestyle of King Louis who continues to rule with an "iron fist" despite the fact that the country is bankrupt.

There is no denying that Louis is a scoundrel who cares nothing for his subjects and I suppose that Leo pulls this off pretty well but it isn't without it's problems. He plays the role of the King of France, yet he speaks almost zero French in the film nor does he ever attempt to have a French accent. This is even somewhat acceptible because none of the other costars (particularly John Malcovich) seem as though they belong in a film based in France either. It's fine with me that Leo bears absolutely zero physical representation to the actual Louis the XIV but it is just obvious the studio was going for a paycheck and boy did they ever get it since this film made almost $200 million worldwide.
The Man in the Iron mask is a guy locked away in a prison who has a (you guessed it) iron mask on. It has been fixed in place because the man is actually Louis' twin brother Phillipe, who obviously is also played by DiCaprio. While the idea of having a mask locked in place for years is gruesome enough to hold my attention, the rest of the story is actually pretty boring and it really drags on.

The Musketeers break out Philippe and attempt to insert him onto the throne only to have some stuff go wrong and then eventually win in the end. There is no real plot here. I think most people could have predicted this would happen simply by watching the trailer.

United Artists were very aware of what they were doing here. They took advantage of Leo's post -Titanic fame and made what they almost certainly knew was a mediocre film. It is riddled with historical inaccuracies and even blunders such as having portraits of famous French people who weren't yet born during when this film was meant to take place. I can forgive all of this, but Leo's performance was not good in this and really, neither were any of the other costars. I found just about everyone's performance to be dreadful and once again Leo is not a believable adult.

You don't need to watch this movie unless you are having trouble falling asleep.

On a scale of "Urgh!" to "Wowsers Penny!" I give The Man in the Iron Mask a


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French accents would have been nice but I still love this movie lol. Maybe it's because I liked the three musketeers, specifically D'Artagnan, so my attention was on them and not Leo's characters.

One of the movies I skipped after starting to watch it. There are not many on my list , but this was one of them. Most definitely a skipsie.

Excellent film I think it is based on a novel, and of course one of the best actors in the world, as I have indicated before ... Well, he has interpreted many facets ... Greetings.

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I remember back then when we always watch movies and we see people with masks on their face, we always believe that they are monsters for their face to look like that and we become a little bit frightened to look at them or their face simply because of the mask on their

Well I was thinking that I might go back and give this one a watch since I don't remember much of it, but based on your review there is probably a good reason it wasn't very memorable. I'm a sucker for 3 musketeers and most any other movies like those.

"because my girlfriend at the time had a thing for Leo"
So never dat a girl like that again.
Firdt question: Do you like Leo?
Okay, bye! :)

The film makes an attempt to be something, but finally it does not reach it, it seems to have no transcendence, it had to be something more epic and it did not succeed. It was a pity, because as you say, the premise was good, the man in the iron mask, sounds great, but it was not so good.