The Three Musketeers Reviews
Nate's Grade: D+
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."
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.
P.S: Milla Jovovich looked really good!
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"
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.