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Why The Count of Monte Cristo is the film not to be missed at the cinema

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This Wednesday, June 26, 2024 marks revivalliterary myth written by Alexandre Dumas at the end of the 19th century. The Count of Monte Cristo has just been released in cinemas. After the success of the diptych The Three Musketeers, carried by François Civil, Pio Marmaï, Romain Duris and Vincent Cassel, French cinema continues to give pride of place to films by cloak and sword.

But attacking a literary monument is risky. We can no longer count the adaptations of Count of Monte-Cristofor decades and decades. In the cinema, on television and even in a musical, the revenge led by Edmont Dantès has thrilled many spectators. More than 150 years after the publication of Alexandre Dumas' novel, filmmakers Alexandre de La Patellière and Matthieu Delaporte want to breathe new life into it. But is this new film adaptation of Count of Monte Cristo worth the detour ?

The Count of Monte Cristo, French blockbuster

When we tackle a literary masterpiece like The Count of Monte Cristo, we must put in the means. With a budget of almost 43 million euros, Pathé saw the big picture for this new adaptation of the work of Alexandre Dumas. To provide context, the two films The Three Musketeers: D'Artagnan and The Three Musketeers: Milady< /em> had a total budget of around 70 million euros.

One thing is certain: the colossal budget of the Count of Monte Cristois felt in every shot of this thrilling feature film. A period film, the costumes and sets are magnificent. Visually, the film by Alexandre de La Patellière and Matthieu Delaporte is admirable. There is not a single moment without being amazed.

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The true strength of the Count of Monte Cristo, that's its plot. We all know more or less the story of Edmond Dantès, at least in broad outline. On the day of his wedding with the love of his life, he is arrested. While he has just been promoted to captain of a large ship, the young man is the victim of a plot led by a jealous and envious entourage. Wrongly locked up for more than a decade in the Château d'If, he manages to escape in an ingenious way. When he returns, it is under a new identity and a different appearance: that of the Count of Monte Cristo. And he has only one idea in mind: Getting revenge on all those who betrayed him.

But to adapt a novel of a thousand pages, you have to hang on. No choice: The Count of Monte Cristolasts almost 3 hours. We can already see certain pairs of eyes rising to the sky, but stop right now: the filmmakers have achieved a great feat. In fact, we don't see the time passing. The storyline is totally gripping, with plots and subplots that flow together perfectly. Considering the basic equipment, there is no time to lose. Where the viewer could easily have been lost, this is not the case. We delight in following the slow and meticulous revenge of dear Edmond Dantès. On several occasions, I found myself tense in my seat, captivated by the plot.

Why The Count of Monte Cristo is the film not to be missed at the cinema

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If The Count of Monte Cristo is a success, it is also because its actors are excellent. Pierre Niney (Yves Saint Laurent) seems born to play the (rightly) resentful Edmond Dantès. If the French actor is very good in his role, he is not the only one. The trio formed by Bastien Bouillon (La Nuit du 12), Laurent Lafitte (Elle) and Patrick Mille (Baron Noir) is particularly horrifying. We can also salute the performances of Anaïs Demoustier (Les Grandes Personnes), Anamaria Vartolomei (L'Événement), Vassili Schneider (Les Amandiers) as well as Julien de Saint Jean (Le Paradis) . They are all extremely convincing.

The Count of Monte Cristopromises a great show, and definitely delivers it. The swashbuckling feature film keeps all its promises. This is a film to discover in cinemas so as not to miss the slightest detail of this true French blockbuster. While The Three Musketeers was already a good surprise, The Count of Monte Cristo definitely puts the swashbuckling films up to date. And that makes us happy! See you from Friday June 28, 2024 in cinemas.

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116