Film Review: The Three Musketeers

| 24 October , 2011 | Reply

Directed By: Paul W.S Anderson
Starrng: Matthew McFadyen, Milla Jovovich, Luke Evans, Ray Stevenson, Logan Lerman, Orlando Bloom
Sassi’s Star Rating: 2 / 5

The Three Musketeers follows D\’Artagnan (Lerman) as he fights his way into Paris in search of his hero Musketeers. He is hell bent on joining the crusade to fight for France as his father once held this prestigious role. Leman plays it quite well and we recognise the D\’Artagnan that we know and love from the original storyline. Jovovich plays the evil Malady de Winter scheming her way around Europe, thus ensuring the Musketeers have a duty to uphold the reputation of the King and Queen of France. For an action and adventure film, it does provide on all counts regarding blade on blade, it is just that the Musketeer humour falls flat in places, when it should rise and somehow it all just doesn\’t seem believable. I will mention, however, that some were really laughing and enjoying it, so I looked around a few times, thinking – ‘What did I miss?\’

Perhaps it was the unlikely casting of our beloved Orlando in the villainous role of the Duke of Buckingham? Those beautiful eyes, could they be evil? Our three musketeer roles fall to McFadyen as Athos, Evans as Aramis and Stevenson as Porthos. All have worthy film histories, but are not known as leading men. Something just doesn\’t gel between them in the film. The camaraderie and typically jester performances we have seen in the past don\’t seem to translate in this one. I did have issue with the fact that they didn\’t really seem to have developed characters. They sort of melded into one which defeats the purpose of having the big three!

The 3D version is definitely showing that the advancement in this technology is ever increasing. It was impressive, along with the amazing scenery and interesting process in capturing the storyline, you have to see it to know what I mean. The movie, however, falls down in a major category. It just doesn\’t seem to pick up. The story is there, the characters are well known and just when it all seems smooth, the delivery is lacking. For true Musketeers fans, this could be disappointing, but if you love swashbuckling adventures regardless, then this definitely has some amazing scenes that will be enjoyed. The 3D component really adds something special to this film – so make the effort there if it is what you love.
All for one, but not for all!

The Three Musketeers is in cinemas now


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