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This review is from: The Three Musketeers (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray) (Blu-ray)
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.