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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on May 17, 2012
While I realize this version of The Three Musketeers is far from the author's original intent, it was fun to watch with my older kids. They liked the action and exaggerated storyline; I liked how it kept their interest without excessive bad words or sexual content. It's also a visually interesting movie, which I also liked.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2012
Film's ending is set for a sequel, but does have an end to the story in this movie. Action packed, pretty good story line, likeable characters. Good family movie, no cussing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The story in this movie was inspired by Dumas' The Three Musketeers. I say inspired because the story has been changed. Dumas' characters are there, the period is right, but this is not the same story that Alexandre Dumas wrote. Don't let that turn you off. This is a fun movie to watch. Quite frankly, the original story needed to be modified for the modern audience anyway.

The story begins in Venice where we find our Musketeers on a mission to steal Leonardo DaVinci's engineering plans for a flying ship. Unfortunately, they are not the only ones who are interested in the plans. The English are also interested in building a fleet of flying ships in order to have the capability to invade their rival nations. The trio successfully disable the guards and evade the security traps to the vault. Now in possession of the document, the group then decides to make their escape. A short time later, Milady DeWinter betrays them and steals the document, delivering it to their English rival, the Duke of Buckingham.

Fast forward six months. Relationship between France and England have deteriorated. To take advantage of this, Cardinal Richeleu wants to trigger a war between the two nations, hoping to take the throne from the king during the resulting chaos. DeWinter, who works as a double-agent, steals the Queen's prized necklace and plants false evidence pointing to a romantic relationship between the Queen and Buckingham. The Cardinal, hoping this would force France's young King Louis XIII into declaring a war with England, manipulates the monarch into testing the Queen's fidelity. The necklace, a gift from the king, was taken to England by DeWinter. Richeleu manipulates the king into thinking that the Queen had given the necklace to Buckingham, as a sign of affection. To test the Queen, King Louis decides to hold a ball. He then specifically instructs the Queen to wear the necklace to the dance. Constance, the beautiful lady-in-waiting to the Queen, makes a desperate plea to the young D'Artagnan to recover the necklace in time for the ball. D'Artagnan and the three musketeers agree to sneak their way into England and steal the necklace from the tower of London. The date of the ball is only five days away.

The Musketeers, now four in number, retrieve the necklace and steals one of Buckingham's flying ships along the way. The Cardinal, not one to be easily discouraged, sends his henchman, Rochefort, to intercept the musketeers on their way back to France. With an improved flying boat of his own, Rochefort confronts the musketeers and forces young D'Artagnan to give up the necklace.

Logan Lerman heads the all-star cast, playing D'Artagnan. Milla Jovovich, Mads Mikkelsen, Matthew MacFadyen, Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans, Ray Stevenson, Juno Temple, Freddie Fox, Christoph Waltz, and the very beautiful Gabriella Wilde round out the supporting roles. I would have to say that all were great in their respective parts. Particularly Orlando Bloom as the very arrogant Duke of Buckingham. Gabriella Wilde is just breathtakingly beautiful as Constance, the love interest of D'Artagnan. Paul W.S. Anderson, Milla's husband, directed the movie.

This is a fun movie to watch, blending flashy action and light comedy into a very watchable story. The terrific cast is what made the movie work. There are a lot of elements here that have been changed from the original story. And this is unlike any of the other previous movies made from the source material. Let's just say this movie was inspired by the original material from Dumas, but has a story all its own. In other words, the original story has been given the Paul W.S. Anderson treatment. I highly recommend this movie.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2012
I LOVED THIS MOVIE!!! I happen to enjoy fencing & fighting movies as a whole but i really loved this one.I have never read the book but i have seen several adaptations on screen and i have to say this one is my personal favorite. With the delicious Luke Evans and tasty eye candy Orlando Bloom how can i not love it!!I know most reviewers are much more knowledgeable about the plot of the film and i respect that but give me ANY FILM that has Orlando Bloom and my new onscreen lover Luke Evans in it and i"m going to love it. The only critical thing i can say is i don't think Orlando does a convincing job as a bad guy.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on April 12, 2012
If you go into this movie looking for some deep meaning, perfect adaptation of the book, or oscar worthy performances/writing, you'll hate it. If you want to simply relax and be entertained? You'll love it, like I did. I personally wouldn't have cast Lerman as D'Artagnan because, to me, he looks like he's about 12 (I much perfer something closer to Chris O'Donnell's version). The rest of the casting was pretty fabulous! Orlando Bloom as a villain was hilariously refreshing. Matthew McFadyen has such a great voice, Ray Stevenson is really funny, and I could watch Luke Evans all day long. I didn't see it in 3D, but I've heard very good things about it! Even in 2D, it was definitely enjoyable. :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2012
Very pleased with seller and purchase :) The 3D was alright, not stupendous. I am learning that not all 3D movies are the same quality and that whoever is producing it makes a difference. :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 26, 2012
This is one of the best movies I seen in some time. at first I thought it was going to be a low budget movie but it was nothing but. It put a new twist on the 3 musketeers and I loved it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This movie is full of some of my favorite actors. Matthew MacFadyen is great in here as is Luke Evans. Mila always brings a party. Great movie full of action and fun!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2012
I loved this movie! The Three Musketeers has been done over and over so I didn't expect to see anything different but there was many cool, innovative action sequences! I hope they make a sequel!!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Anderson started out as a great visual director, and while he gets the "kid in a candystore" syndrome that has killed the plotting of many of his films, his visual flair working on someone else's script elevates this film far past the wince-inducing bad previews. It doesn't hurt that the cast is top notch...all three Musketeers give great portrayals, d'Artagnan becomes charming after the 1st 3rd of his scenes, all the baddies are well-cast (although it appears poor Mads may have had physical problems during the end sequences that they were trying to cover), and even the incidentals, such as d'Artagnan's father, stand out in great performances. Jovovich shines in almost anything she does, and she's excellent here.
Constance....we need to drown Constance. The one misstep in casting. It's like trying to watch Keanu Reeves in Shakespeare.

The script is where the problems occur. It's not that they took liberties...what they changed all logically makes sense in an alternate tech timeline and are really quite well done if you don't hate the fact that they changed things. It's certainly better than the Disney script. It's not that it's a badly structured script...it's not.
No, the problem is that they don't know when it's good to be over the top, and when it's too much. For instance, the first act is fun, but too much, too fast (complete with comic booky Guy Ritchie style introductions)and too Mission Impossible: The Steampunk Years for the majority of the rest of the film. It makes the climax, which should be over the top for this film, a little anti-climatic.

But when this film works, it really shines. There are scenes in this film that just play like the scenes you'd remember from your favorite comic books as a kid, with punch and visual flair. There is an undeniable charm to this film that makes me want to own it on Blu and watch it every now again, despite what it does to the source material. (And there'd be a great drinking game trying to find all the nods to all the films made.) If you don't mind the deviation from Dumas, it's very much worth checking out.
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