Three Musketeers (2011)
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Logan Lerman and Orlando Bloom star in a swashbuckling update to Alexandre Dumas classic novel, The Three Musketeers. Re-imagined as a stylistic and explosive action adventure, the young hero D Artagnan (Logan Lerman) and three of France s most elite warriors battle their way across Europe on a mission to foil the plot of an evil conspiracy that threatens to overthrow the king and engulf the whole of Europe into full-scale war.
Alexandre Dumas' classic story The Three Musketeers has been the subject of a handful of movies over the years, but this 2011 film is a unique blend of action, adventure, slapstick, and the absurd. The basic story hasn't changed: the three musketeers Athos (Matthew Macfadyen), Aramis (Luke Evans), and Porthos (Ray Stevenson) have retired and are feeling restless and obsolete until the young D'Artagnan (Logan Lerman) comes to town and stirs things up by challenging each of them to a duel. D'Artagnan earns their grudging respect with his swordsmanship, and the four men eventually band together to expose a plot by Cardinal Richelieu (Christoph Waltz), the double-crossing Milady (Milla Jovovich), and the Duke of Buckingham (Orlando Bloom) that reaches from France to England and back again. What's new in this version of the story is the presence of flying war machines crafted from plans stolen from da Vinci's vault. The airborne crafts are exquisite in their detail and figure prominently in the film, but their very presence adds an almost absurdist new feel to the already slapstickish picture. The costuming is absolutely gorgeous--it blends a traditional opulence with just enough modern tailoring and detailing to endow these swashbuckling characters with a debonair, yet somehow rock-star coolness that makes them irresistible. Milady's gowns are spectacular, and Jovovich deserves special mention both for performing the first-ever female sword fight in full period dress and for portraying entirely convincingly the highly intelligent, conniving Milady. The fencing throughout the film is superb and there's nary a moment when the action lags. Bonus features include an optional audio commentary; a 21-minute cast and crew featurette; an "achieving the look" segment about costuming, production design, and location; a "17th-century action" discussion of fencing, air travel, the ship props, and the use of green-screen special effects in the film; and 12 deleted and extended scenes. --Tami Horiuchi
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The story revolves around Milady’s plot with the King of England, in collusion with the French Arch Bishop, to plunge the two countries into war in order to depose the infantile French King so that the Arch Bishop will be able to seize the reins of power by stealing the French Queen’s jewel necklace and creating suspicion in the French King that his Queen was having an affair with the King of England by implanting a love letter alluding to the Queen having offered the necklace (which was given to her by the French King) to the King of England, and the Arch Bishop suggesting to the French King that he put the Queen to the test by asking her to wear the necklace to a ball, with the three musketeers and the son of a former musketeer saving the day by retrieving the neck and returning it to the Queen, thereby, allaying the King’s fear that his Queen was unfaithful, thus, avoiding a war.
This movie was scripted to pave the way for a sequel, and is a good way to kill time if you’ve got plenty to spare. Otherwise, don’t waste your money. Try The Man in the Iron Mask instead.
The movie is oddly cast. I watched this purely to see Ray Stevenson, I also like Matthew Mcfayden, but they are both really not great musketeers at all. It's as if someone said, "Those guys are great actors! Let's get them for our next film" without considering what the film was. This is a bit of an antiquey comic book action movie. They really don't fit that mold.
The writing is forgettable. The dialog is cliche. Very unoriginal.
The settings and costumes could have been really intriguing, but they are juxtaposed with airships, a naked woman on a rooftop, intricate electronic security systems, sparkling clean cities and people, a main character who looks like he belongs in an 80s rock band, and other things that just aren't period, it makes for an odd and unsettling mix. It just doesn't make sense. That is the bottom line of why this movie doesn't work. It just doesn't make sense.
Reading all this you might wonder why I gave it 3 stars and not lower. Call me a sucker for Ray Stevenson. I can't explain it otherwise. :)
I gave this 2 stars: 1 for casting and 1 for Special effects.
I also TOOK AWAY stars for casting. How is this possible you ask? Simple. You take the 3 musketeers, Orlando Bloom, and Mila. So far so good. 5 stars right there. Subtract D'artagnon, his love interest (who is so totally and completely unremarkable and possibly one of the worst actresses I have seen for a long time), and the king and queen whos acting skills come to mediocre at best.
My feelings for this movie was like it was lukewarm. Some hot water in there, mixed with some very cold water and you get... tepid.
Not Good, Not terrible, just ...... unremarkable and completely forgettable.
To see a rendition of one of the greatest literary masterpieces of all time fail so miserably... Sad days.