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The three musketeers, and by god am I disappointed. I mean don't get me
wrong I excepted a simple story with typical elements, nice fight
scenes and a great cast that can act great. Except for the actually
really cool looking fights I didn't get anything, the cast is great but
the dialogs and script are so horrible even Christoph Waltz couldn't
save them. The story is all over the place, you don't get to know any
of the musketeers, or barely a character at all and the biggest
problem: A movie doesn't have to be realistic for me but it has to make
sense in his own universe of the movie (like Matrix its not realistic
but logical). The three musketeers plays with the rules of physics,
logic and sense of a human being like they were beanbags. Oh and
surprise surprise: 3D is useless, but thats nothing new tell me a movie
that really had to have 3D except for avatar or maybe tron.
Movie with a simple plot fine , one that makes no sense at all, you better don't count on my vote.
So if you can enjoy a pointless excuse of a story for some nice swordplay, have fun.
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First of all I ought to note that I did not expect much of this film -
and yet was left completely underwhelmed.
There are some major issues regarding this film which I would like to address, they are the reason for my extraordinarily low ranking, which would have been even lower if I had not thought it disrespectful to those actors who did their job very well (against all odds).
One may argue that screen adaptations require some changes to be made to the original material, and I wholeheartedly agree, but the changes made to this particular adaption are so fundamental they might as well not have bothered to call it The Three Musketeers". There is as good as nothing left of the original plot in this movie, and what is left of it is changed beyond recognition. I did expect it to be more action laden than ultimately necessary, I expected it to deviate from the original plot, but nothing could possibly have prepared me for this shipwreck of a film.
One might think that while a film shouldn't be required to follow the book's plot word by word to qualify for bearing the title of a famous novel - one should be able to tell it is supposed to be based on said novel, right? Apparently not. Apart from the title and the the names of the characters, there is but little that would betray it to be even roughly based on Dumas' novel. Buckingham is turned from lover to evil Lord, and Queen Anne into a blameless little lamb who fell prey to the Cardinal's machinations. No such thing as the fleur-de-lis is even mentioned. Constance doesn't only not die, she isn't even threatened by Milady. And that's just a selection.
One might be led to think it was deliberately conceived as a parody of remakes. After all, it has all the ingredients a butchered plot, characters with any debt taken out of them (despite the fact that if given the chance, most actors would have delivered an outstanding performance, but the time usually assigned to character development is devoured by sexy" scenes featuring Milla Jovovich who herself is a whole other problem), references to everything from the Matrix to Mission Impossible, goodness it even has airships.
Airships. Not one, not two, but an entire armada of airships. I understand that Rocheford's eye patch is tempting, but they might as well have put a parrot on his shoulder, it would not have managed to make it appear any more ridiculous. I was surprised they did not venture to release an air Kraken.
If this film had had less Milla Jovovich, no airships and if anyone had bothered to actually read "The Three Musketeers" beforehand, it might have been decent - and had they fixed some minor problems (like the annoyingly clean costumes and settings), it may even have been great. It certainly had the potential. It's a pity it nuked the fridge... or should I say - flew the airship?
I actually expected this movie to be bad based on the previews, and after the first 5 minutes, which were kind of entertaining, I thought "maybe this won't be so bad". But every attempt at humor is completely dry, and the story is told in the worst way possible. Aside from the opening scene, everything added to the story in an attempt to make it different from the standard Three Musketeer plot is completely lame. And even Orlando Bloom acted like a rookie! I don't know how on earth this managed to get financed. If you want some real entertainment, watch the 1993 version, in which Tim Curry is the best evil Cardinal ever!
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Before I start writing down my impressions of this movie, I have to say
that "The Three Musketeers" is one of my all-time favourite books. When
I heard that a new Three Musketeers film was going to be released, I
was really excited - all the more when I saw pictures of the beautiful
locations in Bavaria and read that Christoph Waltz ("Inglorious
Basterds") would play my favourite character Richelieu. When I saw the
trailer though, I was shocked: Matrix style bullet evasion? A Ninja
diver? And... zeppelin air ships? WTF? I was sure Dumas was rotating in
his grave over this mutilation done to his work! Really... I don't
think a brilliant story like The Three Musketeers needs air ships in
order to be exciting.
Despite my frustration about the trailer, I decided to go to the cinema and I have to say, it was certainly not a total waste of time and money. First of all, the costumes and locations were extremely enjoyable. I watched the movie in 2D, but viewers will surely appreciate the 3D version. There are some nice effects like a bird's view onto a painted map of France.
Most of the actors also did a great job, especially Christoph Waltz. He was amazing, just like I had always imagined Richelieu: this cool composure he has when something is not going according to his plans, but you can see how his brilliant brain is working on something new already. I also liked his interaction with the Louis XIII. The King was portrayed in a very exaggerated manner (clueless about politics, only interested in fashion and very childish), but this ironic exaggeration of his character created a lot of fun. Orlando Bloom was also great as Buckingham. You could see how he was enjoying himself in the role of the classy, spoiled and evil British ambassador. Logan Lerman as d'Artagnan surprised me positively. I thought he was just another boyish actor teenage girls will fall in love with. But he made a really good d'Artagnan and was able to show off his fencing abilities. Apparently all the fencing choreographies were done without the help of ropes or stuntmen - Respect! The final duel between Rochefort and d'Artagnan on the roof of Notre Dame was epic. It's a pity there wasn't more sword fighting instead of zeppelins. The actors of Athos, Porthos and Aramis also did a pretty good job, but had too little screen time and thus ended up as flat characters with only one trait of character each (Athos = the disillusioned drunkard, who has lost his love, Porthos = the vain daredevil, Aramis = the religious ladies' man). The musketeers as the title heroes really should be at the centre of the plot, but in this movie Milady and Buckingham got much more attention.
Too much attention in the case of Milady. First of all, Milla Jovovich is not a good actress. Neither is she especially sexy, as the movie constantly tries to suggest. But I guess these factors don't play much of a role if you are married to the director... Secondly, I've always hated all these historical novels or films where "emancipated" women do stuff they just wouldn't have done in the century the plot is set in. And no, I'm pretty sure a woman of the 17th century would not have stripped on the roof of the palace and bungee jumped down. And no, she would not be able to win a sword fight against several Cardinal's Guards. And no group of three 17th century soldiers would have allowed a woman (in a huge gown not made for running) to draw the gunfire onto herself, so that they can go safe after she has activated the trap There were more anachronisms like that, the most obvious one being the air ships, but I won't even start ranting about them. The second most annoying anachronism was the portrayal of Rochefort: At the beginning, d'Artagnan challenges him to a duel, but Rochefort just shoots him before he can draw his sword. Outrageous for a 17th century nobleman! If there is one important ingredient you mustn't forget in a cloak-and-sword-film, it's the code of honour: you fight your enemy, but you're always noble and fair. The movie almost completely lacked this element. Also, why the heck does a Musketeer movie need a "Mission Impossible" scene with Milady climbing though a network of invisible wires? And why can d'Artagnan, after just one audience, stroll through the palace gardens with the King? Why does Buckingham accuse the King of wearing "retro style"? Even the soundtrack was anachronistic sometimes, when it suddenly changed from classical Hans-Zimmer-style to Pulp-Fiction-style very irritating!
But the anachronisms are not the only logical flaws in the movie: How did the French build an air ship in one week? (How do they fly and how are they steered anyway?) Why would a royal ship use a skeleton as a figurehead? (Answer: so that you get the Pirates of the Caribbean style) Why do the musketeers first try to get into the tower vault in order to get the diamonds, but then Athos suddenly knows that the diamonds won't be there anyway, but with Milady? How does Milady survive a fall of like 100 metres?
Well, perhaps you should just switch off the logical part of your brain, when you go to see this movie! All in all, I had great fun watching it together with some friends. In the end it was better than I feared after seeing the trailers, but the sad thing is: it was worse than it could have been! All the ingredients for a great historical movie were there: excellent actors, beautiful locations and one of the best novels ever written as the basis! However, they just messed around too much with that great novel. You just can't improve a perfect story (not even with air ships), you can only make it worse.
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I feel a little sorry to be so critical of this movie, because I
thought some of the performances were fine, especially Matthew McFadyen
and Ray Stevenson. Alas, Logan Lerman and Milla Jovovich were rather
unconvincing in their roles, sucking to varying degrees. While one or
two of the 3D scenes worked very well, notably the duel on the top of
Notre Dame, the 3D was at its most effective for the credits and some
of the other on-screen text. While it did add to the movie, it did not
add quite enough to compensate for the other downsides. In the end, the
irony is that the movie used 3D technology to depict two dimensional
Perhaps the best parts of the movie were the opening prologue and the early scenes in Paris; thereafter it was all downhill, with the hill getting steeper as the movie progressed. It was apparent that the scriptwriters had either read the book or seen some earlier Musketeer movies, but equally apparent that they had either not understood the story or had decided they knew better than Dumas. Making Buckingham the villain was very ill-judged, and they should have made better use of the Cardinal (and Waltz). Most of this I could have lived with, but what brought the whole edifice crashing down was the nonsensical video-game sequences, featuring ridiculous flying ships that flouted most of the laws of physics (Newtonian and Einsteinian). I think these annoyed me more than the horrendous CGI in the last Indiana Jones movie.
The really frustrating thing is that this could have been an entertaining film; it looked great and had a sound cast. It seemed to me that the director may either have been influenced by childhood over-exposure to the Teletubbies, or that the need to make use of 3D forced the story in a truly stupid direction. I suspect the latter is closer to the truth, and this is what killed 3D last time, i.e. letting the technology drive the script in increasingly bizarre directions.
It would be easier to forgive some of the movie's faults were its crime not so great, i.e. trashing one of the all-time classic adventure stories!
There is a saying that goes by the words "Don't fix it if it ain't
broke". While there has been umpteen re-makes of the classic novel by
Alexandre Dumas, this latest adaptation is not one that Dumas would be
proud of. Rather, this film is a desecration of fine prose and the
resting place of Dumas himself. The logic defying script expects the
viewer to suspend reality with ships that fire cannons while sailing
through the air, Ninja styled breach and entry, a "Mission Impossible"
styled heist and exotic weaponry, all within the confines of what was
supposed to be the renaissance period of 17th century France.
I have found this movie mostly disappointing, starting with the totally unnecessary satire in the script. It is one thing to inject a little comedy, but where is the need to make a parody of one the most widely translated works of literature? Played by Logan Lerman, D'Artagnan sets out to become a musketeer and arrives in Paris to find the famed trio Athos (Matthew Macfadyen), Aramis (Luke Evans) and Porthos (Ray Stevenson) disbanded and de-commissioned by Cardinal Richelieu (Christoph Waltz). After a bravado skirmish with the Cardinal's guards, the young but inexperienced King Louis XIII (Freddie Fox) reinstates Athos, Aramis and Porthos to their former rank and even has D'Artagnan join them for good measure. The awesome foursome then discovers the Cardinal's deadly plot to overthrow the King. By employing Athos's former lover the beautiful but deadly assassin M'lady De Winter (Milla Jovovich), the Cardinal fabricates infidelity between the Queen (Juno Temple) and England's Duke of Buckingham (Orlando Bloom). By doing so, the devious cardinal plots to unleash war on the European Continent, and in the process plans to dispose the King and Queen of France, while acquiring the throne of France for himself. It is now up to the (four) musketeers to prevent France and England from plunging into war by stopping M'lady De Winter from executing the Cardinals evil plan.
With a budget of US$ 100 million, Alexandre Dumas' complex plot is simplified for this movie but hugely amplified with visual effects and 3 D. The effects are literally blown out of proportion while 3 D does not appear to have served its purpose. In comparison, the 1993 title still holds its ground with a lowly budget of US$17 million. The very obvious difference is in the screenplay. In adapting for film, both versions have strayed from the book, but there is still a lot of focus on the story in the 1993 version. With this 2011 remake, director and co-producer Paul .W. S. Anderson has unwisely sacrificed an engaging and all time favorite work of fiction for a very expensive piece of cannon fodder. There is a legend behind the story of the three musketeers and it stands for valor and honor, the protection of king and country and the defense of justice by fighting corruption. Sadly, none of this is even remotely brought to light in Anderson's version. Having previously worked with Milla Jovovich on the zombie infested "Resident Evil" franchise, Anderson sticks to his guns with flamboyant action and goes to the extent of throwing in blades, explosives, zeppelins and yes, fancy fencing . To an extent, creativity in adapting for the screen is always appreciated. However, by overdoing it Anderson has paid a very heavy price as he has not only overlooked core elements of the story, he has also not given due detail to any of the characters. Who were the three musketeers? What made them famous? Why have they pledged alliance to a young and weak King? Regrettably, Andrew Davies and Alex Litvak's screenplay does not justify a franchise re-boot by avoiding early origins of the musketeers and the trio's prominence in the French Monarchy.
For a period piece set in the 17th century, costumes, props and sets seem to be convincing. But what do I know; I haven't been alive for the last 400 years. Although Anderson scores in this area, he fails again with the totally uninspired acting. Lerman plays a hot-headed D'Artagnan, but not with the same passion as portrayed by actors before him. As the titled musketeers, I just could not feel that patriotic vibe from Macfadyen, Evans and Stevenson. As Buckingham, Bloom oozes with cool and makes a grand entrance but his screen time is limited, so don't expect too much swashbuckling as his roles in "Pirates of the Caribbean". Jovovich is the same as ever, only here she does not have zombies to kill. My biggest disappointment is the underused Christoph Waltz. We have seen before how fearsome a villain he can be as the conniving and scheming Col. Landa in Tarantino's "Inglorious Basterds". Yet somehow Waltz fails to maintain that same intensity. It becomes all the more disappointing because the Cardinal is supposedly a central yet treacherous character, but in this film he doesn't appear to be so. Perhaps it all boils down to the script again although I was expecting more from Waltz in comparison to the rest of the actors, as he could have actually been the film's saving grace.
At the end of it all, this latest adaptation will not be worth remembering and will go down as a half-baked attempt at remaking a movie that has been made too many times. In my book, the 1993 version still rules!
I actually liked this movie. I've seen many musketeer movies through
the years and this one wasn't the best one in my opinion but it was
certainly not the worst either. It has a lot of adventure and cool
scenes with good special effects.
I did not expect to see Milla Jovovich in a movie like this but she really pulled it off. And it was pretty nice seeing Orlando Bloom playing a villain for a change, I've had the feeling that he always plays the a character with same qualities in almost every movie (Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, Kingdom of Heaven etc).
This movie is much more adventurous and wild than the '93 version and in my opinion these two can't really be compared because they are made for different audiences. All in all this is a great movie to watch together with your friends.
It would have been nice if this Mila Jovavich vehicle had anything
remotely to do with the original Dumas masterpiece, but alas, it seems
too much to ask of Hollywood's dread cash hounds, who, like some sort
of anti-Jesus, can magically transform the finest of wine into sh*t.
I hope the angry ghost of Dumas defecates in their mouths as they sleep for foisting this god awful mess upon us. The only reason it merited any stars is because Ms. Jovavich is stunning, and the special effects were pretty. These were barely enough to rescue my PC from death by stomping after watching about half of this outrage.
If you find yourself about to watch - save yourself!
Lavish scenarios , spectacular action , court intrigue and exciting
swordplay . Last version based on Alexandre Dumas' classic yarn of
intrigue at the 17th century French court . Entertaining and fun
version based on the classic Dumas novel with spectacular swordplay in
nifty style , this is a modern version of the classic Dumas novel set
in 17th Century France . Alexandre Dumas's source for his novel was a
book by 19th-century writer Courtils de Sandraz, which was purporting
to be D'Artagnan's biography ; the Musketeers were actually real
people, not fictional characters created by Dumas . Producer and
director Paul W.S. Anderson presents Dumas' exciting story of love and
adventure , ¨The three musketeers¨ including a lot of computer especial
effects , anachronisms and overwhelming aerial scenes . For this plenty
FX rendition is adapted in the greatest splendor , the complete romance
, the historical characters, the full novel by Alexandre Dumas though
including important changes . It is packed with comedy , derring-do ,
intrigue , a love story , action , drama and moving swordplay . An
awesome casting and big-budgeted production shot in Bavarian Studios
and location make for a fairly amusement swashbuckler . This is the
recent recounting of the Dumas's novel with a fine cast headed by
handsome Logan Lerman as hot-headed D'Artagnan in a brave role as a
young and handsome soldier of fortune , a dashing , audacious lover and
nimble athlete . They must defeat a beautiful double agent and her
villainous employer from seizing the French throne and engulfing Europe
in war. At the beginning of the movie, the map of Europe shows several
states and kingdoms of that era . This delightful adaptation based on
Alexandre Dumas classic novel starts with the youngster D'Artagnan who
arrives in Paris to find Mister Treville , chief of Musketeers. But he
meets with three two-fisted Musketeers , rollicking adventurers ,
fighting to live and living to love . DÁrtagnan to be aware they are
Musketeers and is invited to unite them in their objective to struggle
against guards of Cardinal Richelieu well performed by Christopher
Waltz and the astute Milady De Winter who is lovely as a jewel, deadly
as a dagger the wickedest woman in all Christendom . Meanwhile,
D'Artagnan falls in love with a gorgeous young , Constance , Gabriella
Wilde , she is a golden-haired beauty entangled in a web of treachery
and intrigue. Furthermore , there is developed an intrigue between Luis
XIII : Freddie Fox , Queen Anne of Austria : Juno Temple , dazzling as
her gilded palace for her, men dared a thousand perils , and Duke of
Buckingham , Orlando Bloom ; and of course the nasty Richelieu , as
evil as ever . The musketeers join forces for royal vengeance with the
shout : ¨One for all and all for one¨. Then , the musketeers whose
friendship has become a legend to stir the hearts of men and shouting
their slogan set out to help the Queen . Straightforward as well as
gallant D'Artagnan and the three musketeers scheme a plan to save her ,
clashing against a malicious Richelieu .
It's a nice rendition from the immortal novel with pretty budget and breathtaking scenarios . The picture contains rousing action , intrigue , romantic adventure , romance , treachery , mayhem and a lot of fence . Amusing swashbuckling with lavish production , glamorous gowns and luxurious sets . Furthermore , a vein of humour is evident here , though sometimes falling flat . For this movie itself , though , energetic and frantic are the best adjectives you could think of to describe its attraction . Charming but very young and short Logan Lerman , he bounds and leaps , fights , hits and run . Lerman executes athletic feats , moving sword-play and spectacular acrobatics , Logan performed most of the stunts in his films himself . He is accompanied by a good cast as Matthew MacFadden , Luke Evans , Ray Stevenson , Til Schweiger . Furthermore , special mention to Mads Mikkelsen , playing Rochefort, in this movie he wears an eye-patch over the very same left eye that his Le Chiffre character wept blood in Casino Royale (2006).
Adequate and colorful cinematography by Glen MacPherson stunningly showed on the splendorous images being filmed in Munich and German palaces such as Residenz in Würzburg, Lower Franconia, Bavaria . Thrilling as well as evocative musical score by Paul Haslinger , the dance music near the end is appropriate for the time period . Glamorous production design is well reflected on the luxurious interiors and exteriors stunningly filmed . Impressive sets , though many of them made by computer generator , the so called "Ring of fire" crows nest with its 31 cannons was built as a fully working version out of a mass of wood in only fourteen days by a big German company , it is on display in the Babelsberg movie studio film park. The motion picture was professionally realized by Paul W.S. Anderson . This cool filmmaker provided visual style , comedy , fencing , drama , clangorous action in equal proportions .
This classy story is subsequently remade on several versions ,as the MGM classic version in musical style by George Sidney with Gene Kelly , Paul Lukas , Gig Young , Vincent Price , Frank Morgan and Lana Turner as Milady ; 1973 amusing version by Richard Lester with Michael York, Oliver Reed and Raquel Welch ; 1993 modern adaptation by Stephen Herek with Charlie Sheen , Kiefer Sutherland, Oliver Platt and Chris O'Donnell, and 2001 rendition by Peter Hyams with Justin Chambers, Mena Suvari and Tim Roth , among others. ¨The three Musketeers¨ is an outstanding and entertaining adaptation of the classy that will appeal to the costumer genre buffs and it results to be acceptable adaptation with big budget based on the classic
When I discovered that the Three Musketeers film was being made by
P.W.S. Anderson I was very surprised. It's one of those classic stories
that are difficult to change into brainless action-adventure movie
without losing the heart and style. But I was very eager to see what
Anderson would do with the material provided by the scriptwriter. I
expected great action movie, with massive and beautiful sets, wonderful
music and well choreographed fight scenes. And the movie is exactly
what I expected it to be.
I don't care whether the plot followers the book or not - I go to the cinema to have a great fun, and great fun I had indeed. It is really done with style but Anderson's haters will never like any of his movies.
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