Three Musketeers (2011)
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The movie was filmed in Germany - in and around Munich and other Southern German towns, at several different estates and at the King Ludwig II castle on the Mens' Island (Herreninsel). There are no cars allowed on this island. This castle is an exact copy of Versailles. The film makers probably could not get permission to film in Versailles. King Ludwig of Bavaria was a huge fan of the Sun King, Louis 16th and he dedicated several rooms to him which are inside this castle. Almost every year I visit the castle there and take a round trip by boat with my family. Even if you don't like the movie all that much, than at least enjoy the scenery.
I did not go see it in 3d because personally 3d doesn't do much for me but the 2d experience was great. What I really enjoyed about this movie was that it had a little bit of everything, funny characters, semi-engaging storyline, romance, action, and good looking men ;)
To me the storyline was just right for the film, there was a lot going on with the characters interactions with each other and they did a good job of playing back to things that happen early in the film and adding twists, confusion, and even a few surprises. The characters all have their quirks from D'Artagnan's cocky statements to King Louis' insecurity's and childlike attitude. The film has an overall funny feel to it with a good deal of jokes and silly encounters which I really enjoyed. There's nothing like going to an action movie and getting some laughs out of it as well.
The romance aspect was small but effective as it helped move the storyline along in different ways. Different characters had to deal with different aspects of romance and each issue helped push the plot and characters in ways that were both expected and unexpected. As for the action all I can say is wow. I love watching a good sword fight happen and this movie was full of excellent swordplay. Along with swords, bombs, explosives, and guns were all used adding to the action.
This movie is not a tradition rendering of the Three Musketeers and has a steam punk feel to it making it a Three Musketeers for the modern age. Overall it was fun to watch and enjoy. I enjoyed it enough that I went to see it twice in theaters and already have plans to purchase the DVD release. Overall I give it a five star review because I loved it that much. :)
With a promising cast of relatively well-known and respectable actors, it seems like a safe bet from the previews. No. Guess again. Never have I been so enraged by a film -- and to call this SPECTACLE a film is *generous* -- that I have screamed obscenities (and later, howled exasperatedly) at the screen. If it demonstrated even the slightest hint of being self-aware, it might -- MIGHT -- be acceptable as a comedy. But it's not. It takes itself seriously. Which is actually more impressive as an act of delusion than anything else. Like who wrote this? Who penned this script and felt that it was acceptable in any way, shape or form? It was around the point that one of the Musketeers gave a horse a parking ticket in Renaissance France that I lost it. I don't think you understand. HE GAVE. A HORSE. A PARKING TICKET. YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS. WHAT KIND OF DISEASED MIND COMES UP WITH THIS?
After watching for only ten minutes, you want to throw the nearest object through the screen. After twenty minutes, you start to wonder if it's an elaborate practical joke organized by Christoph Waltz.Read more ›
Moving on to the movie itself, I went in with the expectations that the film would deliver interesting, like-able characters, a decent storyline and plenty of great action. They sort of got the last part right, but the rest is debatable IMO.
Characters: The lead hero is portrayed as an arrogant jerk, and the Three Musketeers are directionless, without a goal when the film gets underway. So who do I root for? Milla Jovovich of course. Too bad she didn't have a bigger role. Orlando Bloom appears, but does little more than talk for the few moments he appears.
Storyline: The story needs a strong goal right from the start. Without it, the film feels directionless and pointless. Just some clueless characters wandering about waiting for something to do, is how I perceived it. And I wanted to enjoy the film, but by the end, I didn't care how great the 3D was, I couldn't wait to leave the theater. But that's just one opinion. Another viewing might change the bad taste.
Action: Good action when it appears. The sword fights are good, but fencing is limited in the amount of jabs and strikes you can do. More creativity is welcome here.Read more ›
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Although the movie seems exciting, it is nothing like the book! Where's DeTerville? D'Artanan talking to the king on the same level? Duke of Buckingham being caucky? Read morePublished 1 month ago by AJ
Average movie. I have seen most of The Three Musketeers movies and this one rates near the bottom. They try to modernize the movie by having diving suits and invisible trip wire... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Artlog
This movie reached far beyond my expectations for. Had great story line. Unexpected character profile's. Wonderful imagination on the use of science. Read morePublished 2 months ago by PLA
Really like this movie. My favorite of the Three Musketeers movies. This movie has good action, good 3D effects, I like the humor that is in this movie it doesnt take away from the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ripitywitt