YMMV / The Man in the Iron Mask

  • Angst? What Angst?:
    • Philip does not experience any moral distress when he first sees his twin brother, and even furtively glances at him while dressing, although everything he knows about his brother, he knows from other people.
    • Although this is justified by the situation, it seems that the musketeers kill their former colleagues too easily. Porthos even gets pleasure from it.
  • Cliché Storm: Despite an All-Star Cast, the film quickly becomes very narmy due to an excessively large number of dramatic cliches. Too obvious contrast between the terrible Louis and the innocent Philip, the musketeers talking only with pathos clichés, even the music sounds like it was copied from some adventurous Hollywood movie.
  • Critical Research Failure: In most cases, intentional, since the film is based on a literary work, but the portrait of the next Louis, hanging 50 years before his birth in his young great-grandfather's office, is still remembered by many.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The film is noticeably more gloomy and depressing compared to most other films about the musketeers, not to mention deaths and too seriously shown violence.
  • He Really Can Act: Years before Hollywood would finally start to take him seriously as an actor, Leonardo Di Caprio rather convincingly played both the kind and pure Phillipe and the incredibly vicious Louis.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Fresh off Titanic (1997) where he was THE KING OF THE WOOOORLD, DiCaprio is now just the King of France. In fact, the movie opened while Titanic was still in theaters.
  • Idiot Plot:
    • The soldiers does not notice anything suspicious when the "king" suddenly declares that a group of traitors who tried to put an identical looking impostor on the throne are now his best friends and members of the royal council.
    • None of the nobles notice the fact that Philip had too little time to study the manners of the royal court, nor that the spiteful and spoiled psychopathic king suddenly became a kind and compassionate person. True, once around people are surprised that he helped climb the fallen girl, but this added to the plot only to create intrigue.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Twenty years later, many teenagers watch this film just to see how Di Caprio plays the twin brothers.
  • Karma Houdini: No matter how monstrous Louis was, all he gets for his tyranny and attempts to kill his own brother is a solitary life in the village and constant visits from his mother.
  • Large Ham:
    • Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich and Gérard Depardieu seem to have been in a scenery-devouring contest.
      If the King harms my son merely to take a lover, then THIS KING BECOMES MY ENEMY!

      I am PORTHOS! And I FIGHT THE KING!
    • Leo also gets into the act:
      It's JUDGMENT DAY!

      As for you, back to the prison you fear and into the mask you hate. WEAR IT UNTIL YOU LOVE IT! And then die in it.
  • Narm:
    • Arguably the main appeal of the movie as a whole.
    • D'Artagnan's "To love you is treason against France. Not to love you is treason... against my heart."
    • Christine's verdant eyebrows. They look like little mice on her forehead!
  • Retroactive Recognition: Then-unknown Peter Sarsgaard as Athos' doomed son.
  • The Scrappy: Louis ... oh, boy. It seems that each of his actions is added to the film only in order to show that he is bad. He even, without hesitation, orders his twin brother to be sent back to prison when he meets him, or even tries to kill afterwards. It's no surprise that viewers hate him.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Queen Anne, it seems, loves her younger son, whom she never knew, more than the elder, with whom she lived all his life. Of course, Ludovic is an openly narcissistic personage, but the ease with which she "changes" one son to another is really frightening. In this regard, when she subsequently says that she loves both sons, the audience and Louis simply do not believe her.
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