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Surprisingly entertaining period romp,
This review is from: The Three Musketeers (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray) (Blu-ray)
I didn't have particularly high hopes for this latest version of Dumas' ripping yarn but, by 20 minutes in, I found myself thoroughly enjoying it. If you can excuse the steampunk styled anachronisms, this movie actually follows the original novel reasonably closely. We have the dashing young d'Artagnon from a noble but impoverished family, heading to Paris to seek fame and fortune. Advised by his father not to shy away from trouble, he soon picks fights with the evil Rochefort (superbly played by Mads Mikelsen) followed by three battle-hardened and world-weary Parisians, who turn out to be the musketeers of legend. The Macguffin of the queen's jewellery is in here too and Milla Jovovich as Milady is far more convincing and comfortable than she was as Joan of Arc.
It's fun. It's witty. It's a bit camp (the fashion-conscious King Louis and Orlando Bloom's Buckingham in particular). The 3D is quite impressive and adds an extra element to the already significant amount of eye-candy on offer here. Blu-ray picture quality is exceptional. The soundtrack is pretty good and very clever use is made of surround sound.
Obviously you'll need to suspend disbelief to a significant degree at the zeppelin dog-fight sequence but, if you're looking for a swashbuckling romp that is played with huge gusto and showcases the 3D medium almost to the degree of Avatar or Prometheus, The Three Musketeers 3D is certainly worth a look.