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.
The soldiers do 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 up the lady who fell down in front of him, but this added to the plot only to create intrigue.
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, Louis is an openly narcissistic and cruel person, but the ease with which she "changes" her affections from one son to another is really frightening. In this regard, when she subsequently says that she loves both her sons, Louis (and the audience) simply do not believe her.