The Three Musketeers Reviews

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Super Reviewer
October 3, 2012
A terrible excuse for a film. Jumped up on CGI and bad acting, I wonder how this movie ever got made.
Super Reviewer
½ August 27, 2012
Old tales updated, more times than not don't really work out well. "The Three Musketeers" is one of those movies. Weak acting, and a generic movie make this a bore, and a big mess. It's the old story of the muskateers and D'Aragnan(Logan Lerman) battling Richlieu(Christoph Waltz), Buckingham(Orlando Bloom), and Milady(Milla Jovovich). Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, this movie is all over the place with action, bad dialogue, and flying ships. I will say this movie has one big thing in it's favor, it is beautiful in high definition. If you can watch this on blu-ray or 3D, then you should watch it just to see all the colors pop. If you get a dvd, or if it's on cable, don't waste your time. There are so many better movies to watch, this is just a real waste.
Nate Z.
Super Reviewer
½ April 30, 2012
I suppose I should have known better seeing director Paul W.S. Anderson's name attached to the loose adaptation of The Three Musketeers. From the previews, I thought that the film could perhaps settle on an enjoyable level of stupidity, something of a wink while it obliterates all fidelity to Alexander Dumas source material. Well, the movie sure is stupid but it's far from enjoyable. This swashbuckling-on-steroids flick has got 17th century zeppelin-battleships, booby-trapped secret passages, and a confluence of English accents in France, but by far the dumbest part of this incredibly dumb movie is that war (or the "looming apocalypse") rests entirely upon a diamond necklace. A ludicrous amount of the movie's conflict rests on getting the Queen of France her stolen necklace back so that her husband doesn't think she's unfaithful. Instead of two people just having a conversation to clear up a misunderstanding, the movie pushes this marital conflict as the climactic push that will lead to global war. The action sequences are dull and none of the actors seem to be successful at faking enthusiasm. What does it say that Anderson rips off his own Resident Evil series as he concludes Musketeers, setting up a sequel that surely will never exist? This movie is bereft of any whiff of fun even with all its fantastical elements crashing through classic literature. It had a slight chance of being the right kind of stupid, but instead it's just stupid times a thousand. Beware, canonical literature, because as long as Anderson lives none of you are safe.

Nate's Grade: D+
Super Reviewer
½ December 16, 2010
Cast: Matthew Macfadyen, Milla Jovovich, Logan Lerman, Luke Evans, Ray Stevenson, Gabriella Wilde, Orlando Bloom, Mads Mikkelsen, Christoph Waltz, Juno Temple, Til Schweiger

Director:Paul W.S. Anderson

Summary: The original three musketeers are past their prime and working menial jobs in Paris when their friend D'Artagnan rallies them to defend the nation. To do so, they must undermine Cardinal Richelieu's plot to have himself crowned France's next king.

My Thoughts: "The movie has lots of action, good humor, but still it felt like something was off. I just thought it was a bit more on the silly side and I would have liked it more on the serious side. I liked the humor, but still it was a bit too much. Like others have mentioned, I too think there was a lot of over acting. I really like Logan Lerman, but he just didn't seem the right fit for this film. He was just so much younger then all of them that it made it hard for me to believe his character. The film is full of great actors and most of them did their parts justice. But still the film isn't worth a second glance. I enjoyed the Musketeer film with Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Chris O'Donnell, and Oliver Platt much more then I did this film. See that movie if you want a good Musketeer film."
Super Reviewer
April 23, 2012
Paul W.S. Anderson's The Three Musketeers contains enough entertainment value to push it over the hump.As a sort of reboot to Alexander Dumas' novel, the 100 minute story seen in this picture flows through without much in the way of excitement or punch. The plot turns come and go and the scenery changes, but the tone of the film stays the same throughout. Fortunately, it somehow manages to rise above a lackadaisical status.The much needed action is stylized, along with the vehicles of weaponry. These components definitely stand out from everything else, yet it still doesn't quite hit the level of electrifying.There are some steady performances to go around. Logan Lerman gets overshadowed by the likes of Luke Evans, Matthew MacFayden, and Ray Stevenson. Watching Milla Jovovich handle the dirty work is a pleasure.The Three Musketeers comes through in the end; just not with a bang of any sorts.
Super Reviewer
½ November 14, 2010
20/04/2012 (3D/BluRay/PS3TV)
Super Reviewer
½ September 22, 2011
Thats not a lot to really say about this movie because its simply a mediocre movie which is entertaining to a point but not a lot really going on. Vaguely amusing but not a movie i'd watch again, the cast is far better than what the storyline could actually provide!
Super Reviewer
April 2, 2012
I don't understand why they have to keep presenting the same movies over and over again. Sure there is lots of excitement, sword battles - even airships in this one, but it is not special enough to warrant watching it.
Super Reviewer
½ March 13, 2012
Over produced, over CGI'd bastardization of the classic tale traps excellent actors MacFadyen, Stevenson and Waltz in badly directed mess that even if it were set in a more modern setting would be unbelievable. Skip it.
Super Reviewer
October 17, 2011
Every legend has a new beginning.

Entertaining! Good movie with some dashing new ideas. It was fun you'll enjoy it.

In Venice, the Three Musketeers Athos (Matthew Macfadyen), Porthos (Ray Stevenson) and Aramis (Luke Evans), with the help of Athos' lover, Milady de Winter (Milla Jovovich), steal airship blueprints made by Leonardo da Vinci. However, they are betrayed by Milady, who gives the blueprints to the Duke of Buckingham (Orlando Bloom). Upon returning to France, the Musketeers are forced to disband by Cardinal Richelieu (Christoph Waltz) for their failure.

One year later, the young D'Artagnan (Logan Lerman) leaves Gascony for Paris in hopes of becoming a Musketeer, like his father once was, only to learn that they no longer exist. D'Artagnan ends up challenging Captain Rochefort (Mads Mikkelsen), the leader of Richelieu's guard, to a duel after being offended by him, but Rochefort merely shoots him while he's distracted. In an attempt to get revenge, D'Artagnan offends Athos, Porthos and Aramis for petty reasons, and schedules duels with each of them, at the same day and at the same place, but in different times, not knowing who they are.

Before they can duel, however, D'Artagnan and the Musketeers are attacked by the guards for breaking the law by having a public duel. They fight the soldiers off, at which point D'Artagnan discovers their true identities, but end up being captured and brought before the young King Louis XIII (Freddie Fox) and his wife, Queen Anne (Juno Temple). Richelieu attempts to convince them to execute the four prisoners, but they are too impressed, and congratulate them instead, much to Richelieu's anger.

Later, Richelieu meets with Milady, who is actually working for him. He orders her to plant false love letters among Queen Anne's possessions and steal Queen Anne's diamond necklace and hide it in the Tower of London with the objective of framing Queen Anne of having an affair with the Duke of Buckingham, who is in France on behalf of the King of England, and who has built a fully armed airship using the designs stolen from the Musketeers. The affair would force King Louis to execute Queen Anne and declare war on England. At this point, the people would demand a more experienced leader for the country: Richelieu himself. Before leaving, Milady demands that Richelieu gives her an authorization declaring that she was working on behalf of France's best interests.

However, Queen Anne's lady-in-waiting Constance Bonacieux (Gabriella Wilde) discovers his plan and pleads with the Musketeers to stop Richelieu. They follow Milady and Buckingham to London, while Constance is kidnapped by Rochefort for helping the Musketeers to escape from him. Meanwhile, King Louis finds the false letters and is advised by Richelieu to set up a ball in which Queen Anne would be forced to wear the necklace. If she doesn't, then her affair is real, and there will be war.

In London, Milady warns Buckingham of the Musketeers arrival, claiming that they want revenge for being outsmarted by Buckingham one year prior. Buckingham captures D'Artagnan and prepares to interrogate him when D'Artagnan reveals that he was acting as a decoy to allow the Musketeers to steal Buckingham's airship. They rescue D'Artagnan and capture Milady, who gives them the authorization in an attempt to have her life spared. Upon realizing she failed, she jumps out of the airship into the English Channel.

The Musketeers recover the necklace and return to Paris, only to be attacked by Rochefort, piloting an airship secretly built by Richelieu, who was given copies of Da Vinci's blueprints by Milady. Rochefort feigns an attempt to exchange Constance for the necklace in order to capture D'Artagnan, but the Musketeers come to his rescue and the two ships crash in the Notre Dame Cathedral, where D'Artagnan fights and defeats Rochefort, rescuing Constance, who returns the necklace to Queen Anne.

The Musketeers arrive at the ball and, for the sake of King Louis' and his people, lie by saying that Rochefort was trying to sabotage an airship that Richelieu built for them, for the purpose of identifying a traitor. To convince King Louis, Athos presents Milady's authorization, which King Louis accepts. Richelieu, satisfied, offers the Musketeers a place in his army, but they refuse, which infuriates Richelieu, who swears revenge.

Meanwhile, at sea, Milady is rescued by Buckingham, who reveals that he intents to avenge her and destroy the Musketeers. It is revealed that Buckingham is advancing towards France with a massive fleet of airships and sea-faring ships.
Super Reviewer
February 18, 2012
Well it's official. We'll probably never again see fun but believable swashbuckling romps. Now they just have to be filled with CGI, ridiculous action set pieces and inflated budgets. I'm not complaining too much, as this was still enjoyable for the most part. The Three Musketeers has our three heroes left as almost worthless bodyguards to the king. Here they are more like international spies, as the opening scene shows them with gadgets aplenty. After they are betrayed, they hit the bottle pretty hard. Meanwhile the king is being manipulated by the Cardinal, and wheels have been set into motion for a rather convoluted plot that contains many characters. D'Artagnan arrives in Paris and soon inspires the musketeers to once again, care for their country. This is certainly an Anderson movie through and through. He throws in as many booby trapped hallways as he can, and then sends his wife in to dodge wires and bullets in slow motion. Congratulations Paul, you have a sexy wife. Can we move on? Airships and other bizarre contraption make this a blockbuster through and through, but the CGI isn't always up to the task of capturing the fantasy. Bloom is on hand as a sleazy Duke, and a number of great European talents have joined forces to cash in a substantial pay cheque, which will hopefully allow them to get back to their classic work or at least give them some more exposure (Waltz, Schweiger, Mikkelsen). The dialogue is so bad, I think they were trying to see how far they could push it. "Go away, so you can come back." I didn't feel too much chemistry between the musketeers, and with so much going on, all teh characters remained fairly flat. But if you're looking for a film with some decent action, that is able to laugh at itself at points, this will be for you.
Super Reviewer
October 20, 2011
It looked awesome but it's actually not. The sword fighting was what I liked the most. The actions were brilliant. But the story overall does not looked that much amazing to me. And it was dead predictable. That's what happens when you try to remake.

P.S: Milla Jovovich looked really good!
Super Reviewer
½ January 8, 2012
Do they remake Dumas' tale every generation? There's probably a college course waiting to happen that examines Western civilization through the type of Musketeers it demands, yes? This one ... well, the visuals are eyepopping, no doubt, the French court never looking as good, but the characters are given the once over only once and no more so there's little to care about. Only Milla Jovovich escapes apathy.
Super Reviewer
½ August 9, 2011
Every legend has a new beginning.

an extraordinary adventure film

With little expectations I entered the movies expecting very little of this movie only to be completely duped; this is one of the funnest adventure film that has yet been released, in my opinion kicking down all the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and sinking them way down. This is a fast action passed movie with fun new faces and characters.

Young D'artagnan (Lerman) goes to Paris in hope to become a musketeer, and gets exactly what he wants, a hand full of adventure, a long with the old musketeers and their job is to prevent France and England who are borderline to create a new war, and Rochefort (Mikkelsen) from becoming the future leader of France.

This movie has a plethora of talent: Logan Lerman shines even more as a young actor, Milla Jovovich gets sexier than ever, Orlando Bloom shows us a different side of his, and most importantly new faces are introduced like Gabriella Wilde (who is extremely beautiful), Luke Evans, Matthew MacFadyen and Ray Stevenson. These actors are extremely successful in creating belligerent, cocky, characters that are full of swagger.

The movie is an eye candy: the special effects are mind-blowing, the costumes and photography are lavish and beautiful. The actors themselves, like Wilde and Jovovich are super sexy. Therefore your eyes will be in heaven when watching this movie no matter what.

The plot is super fun, and although it isn't complex, it is able to manage its simple story successfully in an interesting and fun way. The action sequences are thrilling, and very interesting with the use of slow-motion creates a fun graphic-novel like atmosphere.

Overall I really enjoyed watching this film. I was very impressed and it is by far one of the best adventure films of its kind, like Pirates, and Stardust, because it is just so full of swagger. Although I am going against most critics here this movie is very fun and I do recommend it.

Musketeers: "All for one, one for all"
Super Reviewer
½ November 25, 2010
An ultra-stylish re-vamp of the classic tale Alexander Dumas tale. It`s less Opera and more Rock and Roll. Director, Paul W.S Anderson has crafted a brilliant and very cool new take on the story of good vs. evil, honor, and brotherhood with his fresh and sharp directing style. I loved it. A wickedly funny and action-packed adventure that never stops until the very end. It`s loaded with dazzling sword-play, amazing special effects, great humor and wonderful characters. A heart-pounding, exhilerating and spectacular thrill-ride. The action and laughs are non-stop as well as the suspense. A smart, wild, fresh and thrilling movie thats a great slice of tremendous entertainment. The best Musketeers adventure in years. An unforgettable adrenaline-rush of a roller-coaster ride. A stunning all-star cast. Logan Lerman, Matthew MacFadyen, Luke Evans and Ray Stevenson are absolutely magnificent, they have wonderful chemistry together as the classic heroes, showing alot of strength and heart. Christoph Waltz is brilliant. Milla Jovovich is teriffic. Mads Mikkelsen is excellent.
Jason Lalljee
Super Reviewer
½ October 22, 2011
With the rising popularity of books by Scott Westerfeld and Cherie Priest, steampunk (a sci/fi-fantasy that takes place during a historical time period) has become a popular infusion in literature, and now it seems to be edging its way into theaters. Summit Entertainment's The Three Musketeers is the first major release revisit to the classic Alexander Dumas book since the 1993 remake starring Charlie Sheen. My expectations weren't very high for this remake, so I wasn't too disappointed by the end, but it still doesn't have enough merit to stand on its own.

The story starts off with the arrogant D'Artagnan, fresh off of leaving home for the first time, one day finds himself in a Paris street battle with the Three Musketeers, an elite trio of warriors ready to defend France from its many political and vindictive forces, when he is in fact trying to join them instead. The Three Musketeers until now have done nothing but sit around and drink, but when the rival British king trespasses on the young king of France's territory, tensions rise and the Musketeers are prepared. Things worse when a plot arises between Milady (Mila Jokovich) and Richeliu (Christopher Waltz) to frame the Queen of France and the King of England for infidelity, causing a war between England and France and putting Rochefort in a position of power. It is up to the Three Musketeers, Athos (Luke Evans), Porthos (Ray Stevenson), and Aramis (Matthew McFadyen) to get to England and stop the plot, as well stop the Richeliu, who just might be more dangerous than they think.

Given all of the ways this could have gone, the film deserves credit for its surprisingly fast pace. We don't spend too much time mulling over one scene, which is the film's weakness as well as its strength. The film squanders the brilliant source material, choosing the predictable route for modern movie adaptions and transforming a simple tale of friendship with a few sword fights into an action film with giant airships and guns.

The film doesn't take itself too seriously, which makes the movie bearable. It's obvious the actors are having fun in their roles, but maybe a bit too much so, as considering the tremendous amount of talent here, it should have been better. Surprisingly, Orlando Bloom gives the best performance overall, using perfect comic timing and looking like a 1700's playboy. It's really a shame he doesn't get more screen time here. Christopher Waltz, who was brilliant in 2009's Inglorious Basterds is very subdued here, only passable. Of course, it's always fun watching Mila Jokovich. Her scenes are very much like those in her Resident Evil movies, except with more lace. Except for one scene, when she has to sneak past the lasers, and of course, she just has to remove most of her clothing so she doesn't get killed. Just has to. Logan Lerman is given the runt of the litter, so to speak, of the script. He's the one link to teens who'll want to view the movie, so of course they stick him in a conversation with a king where they talk about their feelings. About girls. About anytime he gets near that one girl who sees past his musketeer exterior, his palms get all sweaty, his heart starts beating through his chest, and he says stupid things. Also, he has long hair in this one- I tell you, there are a lot of women who would pay through the nose for that kind of volume. Mila Jokovich seems to agree with me- her character in the movie says "Don't kill him. He's too pretty to die." And I'm quoting her ad verbatim.

This movie takes the conventional adaptive route, and it's pretty much executed like Twilight. If there weren't so many fans of the book, the movie wouldn't have been nearly as popular or well taken. Most of the original fan base of Musketeers is dead, so they saw no reason to follow closely to the book. The execution for the movie was good, so if they just wouldn't fill the script with so many clichés and muddle the predictable storyline then it might actually be good.

Fight sequences are elaborately choreographed and admittedly fun to watch, but they carry most of the weight here. The message of "being a musketeer is about being true to yourself" wears thin after a while, and since there isn't much else in terms of storytelling, the viewer eventually gets bored.

Overall, it wasn't as bad as it could've been, but it spends too much time trying to modernize itself and in the end, loses its heart and doesn't properly reinvent the story that an adaption this recent should have.
Super Reviewer
October 16, 2011
It looks glossy, the costumes and locations are impressive and there are some fun set pieces, but there aren't many other atributes to this tasteless adaptation taylor made to a "Pirates of the Caribbean" generation (which also daringly steals much of its soundtrack).
Super Reviewer
October 26, 2011
Not even good enough to be called a re-make, sloppy acting, doesn't really give you satisfaction of watching a movie, rather watching a pathetic excuse for one.
Nathan H.
Super Reviewer
October 22, 2011
First off, this is a popcorn flick. If you haven't figured this out, you haven't seen it's trailer. Despite it's obvious transparent plot, this movie is entertaining. It has great special effects, and action, also using 3d to it's advantage. What's great about the three musketeers is that it is fun, never taking itself seriously. No one will ever choose this as their favorite, but they will certainly sit down with their pals, turn it on, and enjoy.
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