Opening against the “found footage” phenomenon that is “Paranormal Activity 3,” is the swashbuckling action movie “The Three Musketeers.” Hardly the first attempt at making the Alexander Dumas’ novel into a movie, the film tells of young d’Artagnan, played by Logan Lerman, and his aspiration to join the Musketeers.
Once reaching Paris, he falls into the company of three disgraced Musketeers, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. When faced with the threat of war constructed at the hands of the Cardinal Richelieu, played by Academy Award-winning actor Christoph Waltz, the three down on their luck warriors must stand up once again for the good of France, and Europe.
Orlando Bloom, in a departure from his normal good guy role, plays the villainous, and comical, Duke of Buckingham, who manages to steal some very important blueprints from the Musketeers with the help of double agent Lady de Winter, (played by Milla Jovovich, fiancée of the film’s director, Paul W.S. Anderson). Together Buckingham and de Winter create a war machine that vies for control of power in Europe.
The plan to start a war encompassing Europe is put into place, and the Musketeers and d’Artagnan must race to stop the plan before a very important date. The King is fairly young during this period and insecure in his marriage, and the threesome attempt to use this to their advantage, by planting an item to arouse suspicion of the Queen’s behavior.
The Musketeers succeed in saving the day, as well as d’Artagnan getting the girl. The movie’s effects are terrific, with decent use of CGI and the 3D conversion. The acting is great, and the story is simple, with a few deviations from all the other adaptations of the novel.
It has a modern feel to it, with a steampunk aspect and modern language thrown in, as well as the utilization of slow motion during some of the fight scenes, reminiscent of the action sequences of “Sherlock Holmes” and “Resident Evil” (the latter of which Anderson also directed).
This movie is simple fun; reminiscent of a summer movie. It wasn’t made to stick with the viewer, but to be a fun ride for the moment, and decent for most ages to view.
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