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The Three Musketeers [DVD]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 13 January 2015
This 2011 family adventure film carries a ‘12’ rating and follows the main themes of Alexander Dumas’ book quite well, but gives it a new ‘modern’ take and some minor tweaks to keep the story fresh. The three musketeers; Athos [Matthew Macfadyen], Aramis [Luke Evans] and Ray Stevenson as Porthos, are Loyalists to the King and work together with d'Artagnan [Logan Lerman] -a country bumpkin, to save the Queen from the schemes of Cardinal Richelieu [Christoph Waltz]. Helped and hindered by Milady [Milla Jovovich] this latest adaptation offers the viewer a steady blend of action and intrigue. The sets look convincingly ’olde worlde’ and the special effects bring this into the ’modern’ era. The cannonade between the air-ships is a surprisingly good depiction of a naval cannonade as bits of wood make the deck look terrifyingly deadly.
Sure the film has a number of factors that many may not like; steampunk look, flying airships etc but it’s meant to be an adventure. Enter into this as a kind of ‘Chronicles of Narnia; Adventures of the Dawn Treader’, ‘The Adventures of Baron Munchausen’ and with a general tongue-in-cheek attitude and you get the idea and will probably enjoy it, Ultimately it’s a tale of loyalty, friendship, love lost, love won and betrayal. There’s something in this for everyone.
As for the disc itself it opens to the usual copyright warnings before taking you through five different movie trailers, eventually cutting to the main menu offering play, scene selections, special features [basically various making of views and deleted scenes] and set up options [which basically on mine was subtitles and didn’t work -lose a star].
At well under £5 this is a solid buy and gets a well deserved **** rating as a 12 rated film. No sex, no swearing but some graphic scenes of danger rather than gore will probably make it unsuitable for younger viewers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The movie opens with a brief historical background. Europe is in turmoil and only three French superheroes can save it!

As the main characters are introduced we get a quick feel for the movie that it will be light, humorous, Indian Jones adventurous, with our heroes emulating superheroes as they enter the secret vault of Da Vinci to steal his invention plan for the "war machine" which looks like an airship. Heart throb Olando Bloom who would have made the idea Aramis, plays a bad guy, The Duke of Buckingham. Aramis is instead played by Luke Evans. Milla Jovovich, stars as Milady de Winter the double agent, the love of Athos (Matthew Macfadyen) and Orlando Bloom. Ray Stevenson is a delightful Porthos which we don't get to see enough on the screen. D'Artagnan (Logan Lerman) enters town looking for adventure on his odd looking horse named "Buttercup" which is not very manly, even in France.

D'Artagnan wants to join up with the trio, which due to budget cuts and the control of the evil Cardinal Richelieu (Christoph Waltz) has been dissolved. Through various circumstances they are joined together and have a new quest. Milla plays a woman who is skilled with the sword. Her slo-mo moves which she perfected in Resident Evil combat are used in this film. Likewise the foursome fight overwhelming odds.

Gabriella Wilde, plays Constance, a lady in waiting who has the heart of D'Artagnan. She delivers to them their impossible quest, one with little chance of success, having to fight and elude armies in two countries. A negative aspect of the film is the anachronistic warship which gave the movie an uncomfortable "Wild Wild West" feeling, perhaps for the teen appeal. RPG type fighting. Don't look for too much Dumas in this film.

Great movie for the big screen. Good dialogue.

No F-bombs, nudity, or sex. Appears to be kid safe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 10 December 2012
Anyone who reviews more than a handful of Hollywood big-budget films is likely to run out of ways to say "entertaining nonsense." Even within a crowded field of films answering that description this travesty of Alexandre Dumas's novel is an extreme example - it is nearly as entertaining as the first "Pirates of the Caribbean" film and even sillier than the third one.

I would be tempted to apply the cliche "so bad it's good" except that, from the bizarre espionage mission in Venice with which the film opens to the surprise ending, the actors and director clearly knew exactly what they were doing - having fun without taking history, the original book, or the laws of physics too seriously, and shamelessly stealing ideas, plot devices, visual presentation and wardrobe ideas from everywhere from "Mission Impossible" to "The Matrix."

Indeed at least one piece of blatant plagiarism was from Mattel's "Barbie and the Three Musketeers [DVD]" where one of the villains of this version of the story, Milady de Winter (Milla Jovovich) takes a leaf from the book of the heroines of the Barbie version by removing the long skirts of her elaborate court costume before carrying out an acrobatic burglary in which she has to penetrate utterly anachronistic anti-theft defences.

If the genre of retro science fiction or alternative history which has people adapting nineteenth century technology to build machines with 21st century capabilities long before such devices actually existed is sometimes called steampunk, the extreme examples in this film should perhaps be called sailpunk. They feature such things as dirigible airships, which is unlikely enough in the 1620's, and which appear to be able to control their movement using sails for propulsion, (oh please!) and to have enough lift to carry a heavy armament including traditional 17th century cast-iron cannons (yeah, right!) and a huge and crude 17th century version of the maxim gun.

The acting, given that it aims for fun rather than sophistication throughout, was excellent. D'Artagnan is played by Logan Lerman but the dominant figure among the heroes is Mathew MacFadyen as a brooding and cynical Athos. Ray Stevenson is entertaining as a hedonistic Porthos and Luke Evans as the pious but lethal Aramis. This bunch of musketeers scarcely needs additional comic relief but it is provided anyway by casting James Corden (Smithy from, and one of the writers of, Gavin and Stacey) as the servant Planchet, who in this version is servant to all the musketeers (in the book they had one each).

Orlando Bloom is both amusing and sinister as the Duke of Buckingham, presented as being both a super-spy and ruler of England in all but name just as as Cardinal Richelieu (Christoph Waltz) is the most powerful man in France.

I don't think it's much of a spoiler to give away that Constance in this film (Gabriella Wilde) does not appear to be married: she has some amusing exchanges with D'Artagnan, while Juno Temple plays Anne of Austria and Freddie Fox plays Louis XIII.

Special effects were extraordinary and probably part of the reason that you could suspend disbelief so easily in what was basically such a preposterous film that it should never have worked. But if you watch it strictly for laughs, it does.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 July 2012
The Three Musketeers has been out of copyright for a long time now. So long in fact that we have seen dogs playing the main characters (and I'm not talking about the Kiefer Sutherland version of the film). No matter how far `Dogtanion' stretched the source material, that 80s cartoon was a perfect book to screen adaptation when compared to `Resident Evil' director Paul W S Anderson's take on it. This is a France dominated by politics, but also steampunk. Why have fights from horseback, when you can have fights atop giant flying ships?

With such bizarre imagery as a floating navy and bizarre casting such as Orlando Bloom as the villainous Duke of Buckingham, `The Three Musketeers' is not to be taken seriously at all. With this in mind it actually becomes one of Anderson's better films, but when this list includes the increasingly awful `Resident Evil' films, this is faint praise indeed. The likes of Mads Mikkelsen as Rochefort and Ray Stevenson as Porthos do a decent job in making the film fun, balancing the right level of campness with a smidge of historically accuracy. The film is stolen from under the noses of the better known cast by Freddie Fox as Louis XIII, his amusing take on Royalty adds much needed laughs to the film and highlights the blandness of Logan Lerman as D'Artagnan.

The move from 3D to BluRay, has been slightly unkind to the film. Anderson obviously invested a great deal in making the 3D stand out, now it all looks a little awkward in 2D as objects poke at the screen for no reason. With lots of swashbuckling and gun powder, `Musketeers' is a daft yet fun film. It moves all over the place and the story is little more than an excuse to set up a load of set pieces. Whilst it was on the time flew by, but it was also instantly forgettable.

The HD transfer is a good one and the film does pop. Unfortunately, the BluRay also highlights some of the awkward former 3D moments. There are some extras on the disc, but they are mostly bland behind the scenes featurettes that can be ignored.
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51 of 59 people found the following review helpful
As the other reviews for this film will suggest, it's best to watch this film expecting a swashbuckling adventure which gleefully dispatches with historical accuracy - if you're wanting an adaptation which is true to the historical period in which the Dumas novel was set, you'll only be annoyed by this film (I can't remember D'Artagnan being Californian in the book...).

Instead, think of this film as a cover version of the Dumas story by Jules Verne fans cranked up on sugar, which replaces horses and carriages with airships. The expected armoury of swords are accompanied by the King Louis XIII era's version of machine guns. If something can be blown-up, it will be. If a device can be given a steam-punk or, indeed, clock-punk makeover, the production design department will be all over it.

The performances are mostly fine - though Matthew Macfadyen is an excellent stand-out as the cynical Athos - and most of the actors seem to have been given free reign to have fun with their characters. Orlando Bloom, as the Duke of Buckingham is channelling Ziggy-era Bowie and wearing Lady Gaga's dancers cast-off wardrobe to marvellous effect.

I suspect that nobody in the cast was under the impression that they were in an Oscar-bait film and have calibrated performances accordingly, nobody more so than the charmingly villainous anti-hero of the piece, Cardinal Richelieu, embodied by Christoph Waltz as part-venerated religious leader, part-Snidely Whiplash schemer, leading a merry dance around his foppish royal charges with a smoothly venomous look in one eye and a manner which recalls the affronted surprise of a career politician caught with his fingers in the biscuit barrel.

The action set-pieces are lavishly mounted and conceived presumably to be at their most effective when presented in 3D - I saw this theatrically in the format and can only imagine that in 2D you will be wondering why every sword fight has to find a moment for a stray blade to jab out at the audience and why every explosion is intended to make you literally duck in your seat as thousands of wooden splinters make a bee-line for your eyes.

Your enjoyment of this movie (and it is certainly a movie rather than a serious artistic statement rendered in celluloid) may pall if you're unconvinced by the current obsession with making every film a 3D spectacular. If you view this film instead as a cheeky, B-movie crowd-pleaser which has no pretensions towards being anything other than a breathless, knowingly absurd adventure, you'll have a great time with it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 February 2012
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this 21st century take on the Musketeer saga. The main focus thankfully is action rather than character development and you can feel the input of Andrew Davies on what is a comedy script. No-one takes much of it very seriously, with the action and special effects, which are excellent, driving the film on quickly, with plenty of surprises. I especially liked Ray Stevenson as the heavy musketeer and Mads Mikkelson reprising his role from Casino Royale as the baddie. In fact all of the male leads were excellent. The main female leads by contrast were much more restrained and really could have hammed it up a little more. Milla Jovovich (She who was The Fifth Element) in particular could have made a lot more of her chief female baddie part and the casting of the other main actresses was a little flawed I think. But all in all, a highly entertaining movie and certainly recommended.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 22 April 2014
A messy and overly camp film that never asks its audience to invest in the characters, The Three Musketeers is firmly relegated to enjoyable Sunday afternoon pap.

Liberally swiping away any realism or historical accuracy this is not for anyone looking for a faithful adaptation of a classic novel. This steam punk reimagining involves some bombastic action and humongous airships!

To be fair the action is good fun and the settings are pretty, but that's your lot. There really is nothing more going on here. A cast list full to the brim of well-known faces does leave you wondering what contractual obligations led them to agreeing to this, but hey, they at least appear to be having some fun.

Laughable, camp and verging on the so bad its good ethos, The Three Musketeers is rather harmless fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 July 2014
Orlando bloom is cracking but other than that, it's pretty bad. If you want a rather cliche action packed film then this is your baby! There some pretty annoying things like them all having squeaky clean clothes throughout the whole film and the main dude has got an american accent what's going on there, they're meant to be french right! Okay fair doo's it's pretty far fetched them having English accents but come on! So yeah if you can ignore all of that plus some other major floors (LIKE THE SCRIPTt) then this is probably an excellent film worthy of an Oscar.....naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 31 May 2012
I liked this movie in 2D. But as I am a great lover of 3D, I thought to try this in 3D and I am not disappointed. As the movie is shot in native 3D, the depth holds well in almost every scene. The 3D works well in the scenes of Airships and all explosion scenes where the debris pops towards the viewer. The movie is best enjoyed in 2D, but the 3D adds to the experience. The 3D works well but it's not Cutting-Edge 3D (So 4 stars), even though it's shot in Native 3D. I recommend to try this in 3D as the price is less for a 2 Disc Combo pack.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 20 October 2011
This is a good fun romp, the latest version of the classic tale is not to be taken seriously in any way whatsoever. Done very tongue in cheek with good action scenes and decent performances, this is a good fun film the whole family can enjoy though it has to be taken with a huge pinch of salt as 17th century airshps do battle. Yes, you read that right, airships. The cast are all good, all the classic characters are there, D'artagnan, Porthos, Aramis, Athos, Milady, Rocehfort, the Cardinal, it starts with the musketeers on a mission impossible type mission that goes wrong, then goes to a year later with D'artagnan heading to Paris to be a musketeer, the classic story, and gets involved in a plot involving Lord Buckingham and his airships. The film is daft, yes and takes liberties with the plot of the novel but as i said it's all done very tongue in cheek with everybody involved hamming it up like there's no tomorrow. And the end screams sequel.
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