The Three Musketeers 3D
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Swashbuckling 3D adventure adaptation of the classic Alexandre Dumas novel starring Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil), Matthew Macfadyen (Robin Hood), Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean) and Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds).
Follows hot-headed young D'Artagnan (Logan Lerman, Percy Jackson) who is taken under the wing of France's legendary but now down on their luck Musketeers - Porthos (Ray Stevenson, Punisher: War Zone), Athos (Macfayden) and Aramis (Luke Evans, Clash of the Titans). The four are bought together to defeat a beautiful double agent and her villainous employer from seizing the French throne and engulfing Europe in war.
Dumas' 1844 novel of chivalry and camaraderie has long inspired filmmakers (there have been over 20 screen adaptations). This version from director Paul W.S. Anderson, shot in Germany, has a steampunk influence with airships, machine guns and flame throwers mixed with 18th century sword-play.
Action, Adaptation, Adventure, Romance, 3D
Rating: M contains medium level violence
This latest take on Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers desperately, and very expensively, wants to be fun. All the elements are there for it to be a jaunty romp of an adventure. But while the filmmakers clearly hoped that ritzy bombast would substitute for excitement, the film is charmless, obvious and predictable.
Much of the film’s lack of charm is do with main character D’Artagnan, played here by Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson). He starts off arrogant, annoying and smug and remains so throughout. The movie’s saving grace is the easy camaraderie Ray Stevenson, Matthew Macfadyen and Luke Evans bring to the titular heroes. With a humourous and likeable rapport, all three flesh out the individual identity of their respective musketeer while still adhering to the fabled group dynamic of the characters. They’re so good that you can’t help but think that a movie all about them would really be a winner. Here, they’re relegated to D’Artagnan’s support crew and the movie suffers for it.
There’s plenty of proficient action, though it cribs unashamedly (notably from The Matrix, 300 and, er, Entrapment), the acting’s appropriately hammy for this type of picture, and the newly added steampunk elements are pretty cool. But despite almighty levels of trying, The Three Musketeers just isn’t as much fun as it thinks it is or anywhere near as much fun as it wants to be. It’s hard to decide which disappoints more.
Total Film (UK)
Another soulless 3D action extravaganza
Paul W.S. Anderson and Milla Jovovich - that says it all, really. Having seen the trailer and the latest Resident Evil, I was expecting eye-popping, mindless 3D action with zero regard for the source material, which turned out to be spot on. I also went in with the vague hope that the filler parts around the 3D action would be fun, with the sort of great character interactions people have come to expect from classic coming-of-age action adventures. Unfortunately, this was not to be.
There's zero character development - D'Artagnan's character goes from cocky beginning to cocky end, being apparently awesome with nothing to learn, right from the get go. Where was the training montage? Matthew Macfayden tries his best but is ultimately let down by the story and script. Even Christoph Waltz struggled with his character. However, there's no doubt as to who deserves the worst performance award - Orlando Bloom. Please, do not ever try to portray a villain again! Every time his character appeared, you could almost feel the audience cringe.
Perhaps the only redeeming factors of this movie were that, yes, the 3D looked great, and I wasn't too bored throughout. However, if you want to watch the Three Musketeers, you might be better off sticking to the 1993 version.
The Three Musketeers
Great flick, much in the same way as 'Pirates of the Caribbean' in the air, an on drugs! In a team way it reminded me of 'Kung Fu Panda' and at one point Star Trek (trekkie fans will get the reference when they see it), with a total PG ending, loved it. No wonder Orlando Bloom enjoyed this role, it was a wonderful remake of a classic and, albeit amidst incredible fantasy, it still held my gaze. Logan Lerman added something special to the screen and great to see new faces (from '310 to Yuma' an 'Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief' but still fresh).
Genre : fantasy, romantic, family, adventure
5/5 : I can't help it, it was fun, easy to watch and on the coat tails of pirate movies of late, not a must in 3D but very good.