In 1994, the film came out. It had been a while since a good cloak-and-dagger movie was out at the time and Bertrand Tavernier, the director, was not at all specialized in this type of filmmaking. It makes it more modern than all of those movies that were big in France in the 50's and 60's.
The Cardinal is obviously, once again, the bad guy but not the worse. He ends up looking funny though fairly dangerous through his gardes.
This movie is aiming at pleasing the crowds and not at making you think too much like so many french movies can. I do not really know how to explain it, but there is something familiar and nice in this film.