Friday, February 10, 2017

Movie review: The Three Musketeers

The original three musketeers have been all but mothballed by the current regime, working menial jobs and being sent on silly errands. Half a step from being branded outlaws, young pup D'Artagnan reinvigorates the trio launching them on their greatest quest yet.

Matthew Macfadyen (Athos), Milla Jovovich (Milady de Winter), Helen George (Blonde), Luke Evans (Aramis), Ray Stevenson (Porthos), Til Schweiger (Cagliostro), Orlando Bloom (Buckingham), Logan Lerman (D'Artagnan).

This version of The Three Musketeers approaches the story from the perspective of D'Artagnan, a young farmer with dreams of romance and adventure. Finding the original three musketeers down and out, D'Artagnan pushes them back into the action and adventure, finding romance along the way. With something of a steampunk theme, this version of the story is lighthearted with some good laughs, nice plot movement, and reasonable focus.

Acting was enjoyable and at the same time, surprising. Macfadyen and Jovovich were solid but felt a bit lacking of energy. Stevenson and Lerman really carried the musketeers with good delivery, emotion, and nice laughs. Bloom also did well, as did Mikkelsen and Corden who were all sorts of fun. The remainder of the cast was solid and enjoyable.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were nicely done with good use of natural scenery and a grand appearance. CGI and action scenes were enjoyable, and the steampunk theme nicely done with solid detail and fitment. Dialogue was campy, silly, and a lot of fun. Sound and soundtrack were good.

Overall this version of The Three Musketeers is light and fun with good technical work. The story has nice depth, variety, and moves along at a good pace. Those who enjoy a light action & adventure flick should enjoy this one.

With some mild action violence and profanity this should be fine for teens and above.

Released: 2011
Reviewed: 2.2.17
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Action & Adventure, Action Thrillers, Adventures, Drama, Romance

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