A Surprisingly Okay Adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ Swashbuckler
Paul W.S. Anderson’s attempt to revive the burnt out franchise ended up being a film with an identity crisis. To call the movie “The Three Musketeers” is more of an attempt to get it recognized, because just so you know there are FOUR Musketeers in this movie, and none of them were the focus of this film.
To be fair, Anderson has never actually made a “FRESH” film according to RottenTomatoes, but seeing the film I could already conclude that this is nearly identical from what the previous adaptations looked like (Check the 1993 version). But despite the brainless plot or the unrealistic (but beautiful) set pieces, this movie delivers – when it comes to swashbuckling action that is.
To prevent you from being spoiled too much, here’s a short summary of the movie provided by Summit
“The hot-headed young D’Artagnan (Logan Lerman) joins forces with three rogue Musketeers Athos, Aramis and Porthos (Matthew MacFadyen, Luke Evans and Ray Stevenson) in this reboot of Alexandre Dumas’ story. They must stop the evil Richlieu (Christoph Waltz) and face off with Buckingham (Orlando Bloom) and the treacherous Milady (Milla Jovovich). The action adventure is given a state of the art update in 3-D.”
Just so you know, I didn’t watch it in 3D, which was actually a smart choice because I couldn’t spot any scene
where they could add in substantial 3D effects that would’ve made the action more exhilarating. There is an
exception though: the opening scene is probably one of the best I’ve seen so far this year. It contains a good
introduction of what’s going on in Europe, and it ends where all the action begins.
Right after that is the only time where the actual “Three Musketeers” is put into the spotlight. We see Athos being betrayed by Milady (Jovovich) after aiding them in their mission. Cut scene. Moments later it feels like you’re looking at the story of D’Artagnan (Lerman), the cocky, brave, yet foolish son of a poor and retired musketeer. He leaves his home and travels to Paris to find the trio of musketeers and join them in whatever they are asked to do. Early on, he catches the eye of a princess from the French Palace (Gabriella Wilde), a stunning and fresh beauty whom I laid my eyes on a lot during her short stint in the movie. While I never thought of her acting as great, at least I could say that she’ll be on my radar the next time she shows up in a movie.
Out of all the characters in the film, only three were noteworthy: Cardinal Richlieu (Waltz), Milady (Jovovich), and D’Artagnan (Lerman). The latter shined all throughout, stealing the thunder of the other three Musketeers. I could say the same to Jovovich and Richlieu, though only mildly. Outside of the acting I only have one word to describe everything else – RIDICULOUS. And that’s either good or bad depending on your opinion.
Overall, the Three Musketeers of 2011 is a fun film, albeit dumb and has lots of plotholes. But I hoped that they marketed the movie first and focused on the story before leaving us with an inconclusive story and a promising cliffhanger. With a disappointing $8.7M opening weekend, I guess it’s safe to say that this franchise will rest for a long while.
I Agreed With The MINORITY
Rotten Tomatoes: 26% Fresh, 3.9/10 Critic Rating
Internet Movie Database: 6.0/10 User Rating