The Three Musketeers

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The Three Musketeers (2011) - Milla Jovovich Tries to Sex up a Classic Story

Nov 1, 2011
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Pros:Entertaining overall.

Cons:Parts of the plot are silly.  Some of the acting isn't the best.

The Bottom Line: The Three Musketeers (2011) has some issues, but it manages to be entertaining in an odd way.


Classic books have been turned into movies for several years, some more than once.  I decided to see The Three Musketeers (2011) when I had the chance since the trailers looked kind of interesting.

Three Musketeers, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis are in Venice on a mission.  With the help of Milday de Winter, a woman involved with Athos, they break into a secret vault and steal blueprints designed by Leonardo da Vinci for an airship.  Milady betrays the men and goes off with the Duke of Buckingham.  

A year later, a young man named D'Artagnan travels to Paris, hoping to join the Musketeers.  He has some trouble during his journey and even ends up challenging Athos, Porthos, and Aramis to duels.  Captain Rochefort, the leader of Cardinal Richelieu's guard, shows up and tries to arrest the men and a fight breaks out.  D'Artagnan ends up staying with the three Musketeers.  Cardinal Richelieu is actually plotting to take control of the country and Milady is working for him.  The Cardinal wants to make it look like Queen Anne is having an affair with the Duke of Buckingham, which would ultimately force France into war with England.  One of the queen's ladies in waiting, Constance, goes to the Musketeers for help with the situation.

The Three Musketeers (2011) is based on the book of the same name by Alexander Dumas.  I have not read the book and have no clue how much has been changed for this movie.  I have seen two other Three Musketeer movies.  There are some similarities to the other movies I saw, but this one has differences as well.  The airship is something new and it is a little odd.  That does add a science fiction element to the story that seems a bit out of place.  The movie is in 3D in some theaters.  I ended up seeing the 3D version because of how the times worked out.  It wasn't horrible, but I really didn't see the point of the 3D.  There were only a couple of times when I noticed something.

A lot is going on throughout The Three Musketeers, but that doesn't make the movie that complicated.  Most of what happens is somehow connected to Cardinal Richelieu and his plans for gaining control of the country by manipulating certain events.  The other things that happen seem to be more side stories.  What is happening is interesting and entertaining for the most part.  Some people may not like the odd things added to the story since they are kind of out of place.  Certain things are resolved by the end of the movie, but things are also left open for a potential sequel.  I have no idea if there is already a plan for one or not.

Action turns up in several scenes of The Three Musketeers (2011).  There are several sword fights involving several characters.  The fights are done well and entertaining, though I have no idea if they are accurate.  In this version, Milady takes part in some of the action scenes too.  It has been long enough since I've seen the older versions of the movies that I can't remember if that happened before.  Some kind of slow motion wire work is used in a few of the scenes and that is really out of place.  Violence does turn up in scenes, though I don't think it is extreme.  The movie is rated PG-13, so it really isn't child friendly.

There are several characters in The Three Musketeers (2011), some of which don't do that much.  Athos, Porthos, and Aramis are three Musketeers who have worked together and get along well.  They each have their own way of dealing with things and they have some issues.  The characters are pretty much like I remember them being in the other movie versions.  Matthew Macfadyen, Ray Stevenson, and Luke Evans are fine in the parts, though nothing really stands out about their performances.  James Corden is in a few scenes as Planchet, a servant of the three men.  Planchet seems to mostly serve as comic relief.

D'Artagnan is young and arrogant, and a bit irritating in many of his scenes.  He has a few moments when he is less arrogant.  The character has been a little arrogant in the other versions of the movie I've seen, but not to the level he is in this one.  The way he is written makes it difficult to like him.  Logan Lerman isn't anything special in the part.  His hair, which I know is a minor thing, didn't look too good and it kept distracting me.

Cardinal Richelieu is pulling all sorts of strings and manipulating just about every character in some way.  He serves as the main villain.  It is clear he is a bad guy, but I don't think he's as evil as other versions of the character.  Christoph Waltz is fine in the part, but he does sort of seem wasted in it.  Captain Rochefort is in charge of the Cardinal's guard.  Rochefort does the dirty work for the Cardinal and he has no problem with what he does.  Mads Mikkelsen is good in the part.  

Milady is a very devious woman who is always looking out for her best interest.  She claims to love Athos and then betrays him without batting an eyelash because she got a better offer.  She is slightly less evil than I remember Milady being in one of the movie versions I've seen.  Milla Jovovich is all right in the part.  She wears all sorts of elaborate gowns, some of which is rather low cut.  At one point, she is barely wearing anything.  Her relationship with Athos is only briefly touched on.  

King Louis XIII and Queen Anne are in a few scenes.  They are both young and seem unsure about certain things with their relationship and marriage.  The King is obsessed with fashion and frequently turns up in rather elaborate and silly looking outfits.  He does seem a bit foolish.  Constance is one of the queen's ladies in waiting who gets pulled into what is going on.  She seems nice enough, though she doesn't have a lot to do.  The Duke of Buckingham is set up as another bad guy character.  The Musketeers don't like him, a feeling that is mutual, and he seems to have questionable motives.  Orlando Bloom seems a bit over the top in the part.  

Main Cast
    
Orlando Bloom - Duke of Buckingham
Luke Evans - Aramis
Freddie Fox - King Louis XIII
Milla Jovovich - Milady de Winter
Logan Lerman - D'Artagnan
Matthew Macfadyen - Athos
Mads Mikkelsen - Rochefort
Ray Stevenson - Porthos
Juno Temple - Queen Anne
Christoph Waltz - Cardinal Richelieu
Gabrielle Wilde - Constance

Paul W. S. Anderson - Director

The Three Musketeers (2011) is odd in some ways, but I did find the movie to be entertaining overall.  It wasn't as bad as I was afraid it would be, but it could have been better.  I'm not sure who I would recommend this one too since it is a bit odd.  This definitely isn't my favorite Musketeer movie.


 


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