My introduction to Three Musketeers was the 90s Disney movie. It’s very Disney and very 1990s. Then I grew up, and met my husband, at some point the 90s Three Musketeers movie came up and he said it was one of the worst movies he’d ever seen. My inner 15-year-old thought that was absolutely appalling. This summer I gave my kids a chance to pick the book they were going to read and Superman picked Three Musketeers. I was impressed because mentally I wasn’t going to assign reading Three Musketeers until freshman year of high school (and I might move that higher up because it’s very… French? I don’t know how better to describe it, I read it, and think it’s very French). He read it and loved it, so here you go with a fun Three Musketeers movie night for our book and a movie.
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Three Musketeers is the story of D’Artagnan, a young man who wishes to become a musketeer. Through a series of mishaps, he meets three of the Musketeers and joins up with them to help save the king from the scheming Cardinal Richelieu.
Confession, I’ve never read the entire book. I got started on it several years ago, and just could not get into it. By contrast, my son and husband both loved it. At some point, I’ll try it again, but I just could not get into it.
Three Musketeers book club
While, Batman read this book for fun, and just updated me on what he liked about the book, it is also well worth reading for literature and turning it into a real book club, if you do that, then I highly recommend using the 7Sisters Three Musketeers literature guide. I love all of their literature guides, and they are a great way to explore literature.
Three Musketeers movie night snacks
We watched the 1970s Three Musketeers movie with my husband. He raved about the amazing sword fights, which they were. My historical costuming blog raves about the costumes, except for the character added in for Raquel Welch, so I loved the costumes.
- Queen’s Jewels- pretzels with Rolos and M&Ms. I love this snack, but it worked perfectly for showing off the jewelry
- Swords- more pretzels dipped in candy melts, I combined a few different colors because I didn’t have gray
- Duel time- the opening of the movie is D’Artagnan running into each of the three musketeers and challenging them to a duel, so we made pocket watches with nilla wafers and frosting
- beef stew- there’s a lot of tavern food, which means in our house stew, and beef stew is wildly popular
- tavern bread- we’ve got an amazing bread recipe and since Batman wants to be a chef he’s working at getting the recipe just right
- Musketeer tabard- gingerbread with blue frosting
- Cardinal’s Guards tabard- gingerbread with red frosting
- hats- sugar cookies with marshmallows
- musket balls- whoppers
Now, after Jeff went to work the next day I wanted to watch the Three Musketeers movie I’d grown up with, but I knew I would never be able to watch while Jeff was in the house because his cries of outrage would have been too loud. I stopped by the library and picked up the Disney Three Musketeers, which is completely different from the Mickey Mouse Three Musketeers (which I do also remember).
It was not as amazing as I’d remembered it. It was super cheesy and watching as a grown-up I now fully recognize why Jeff said it was horrible.
That still does not stop me from quoting random lines at my children, “You can’t do that, you’re too young.”