Posted on 7/05/13 03:59 PM
The Three Musketeers is yet another adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' classic novel, and director Paul W.S. Anderson attempts to update it for the modern audience here, but he fails miserably. At least it's a nice visual experience, even if everything looks way too artificial, but it's too bad that everything around the look of the movie is absolutely horrendous. The acting (particularly by Logan Lerman) is some of the worst acting I've seen in a while, the writing is cliched and dumb, and the attempts at humor made me cringe, but the action is alright as well. I must admit that I wasn't bored while watching this movie, but I wasn't exactly entertained either. This is yet another disposable action movie by Hollywood that tries to modernize the tale too much and loses the heart in the process, therefore failing to reinvent the story for the new audience.
The Three Musketeers is the classic story about a young man named D'Artagnan (Logan Lerman) who joins forces with the three Musketeers- Aramis (Matthew MacFadyen), Porthos (Ray Stevenson), and Athos (Luke Evans)- to battle against Richlieu (Christoph Waltz) and Milady (Milla Jovovich). Lots of the story is loosely based off of the original. The problem with this movie is the fact that it chooses the predictable, cliched route that plagues most modern movie adaptations today, rather than the simple tale of friendship that the original story is, transforming it into a bloated, stupid action movie. I feel like they make a reboot of the novel for every generation, and now, it's inevitable to have an exciting, but believable, adventure movie, considering that nearly every one of those now are filled to the brim with excessive, unnecessary CGI. I'm not saying it has to be "realistic", it just shouldn't be so ridiculous with an overload of special effects. It's way overproduced, but the visuals are probably the best part of this movie. It really does look gorgeous, with great set pieces, costumes, and places that feel alive- it's a shame that they feel so artificial. Paul W.S. Anderson just directs the movie in such a dull way, as if we've seen it hundreds of times before. There isn't much else in terms of storytelling, so after the continuous action scenes and dumb lines by the characters, I got pretty fed up. The action sequences are alright, with some action scenes being ridiculous but mildly entertaining, but with others just being a headache.
Paul uses lots of slow motion as if it was used for filler purposes, and it's distracting as it gets in the way. It's apparent that he's trying to use a different kind of style in his movies to tell something new and original, but he just films it in such a boring way that it just crumbles in front of the viewer- at least they're well choreographed. From the first few minutes it came to my attention that this movie doesn't take itself seriously, which doesn't seem like a bad thing, until you hear what kind of humor this movie has to offer. It's unfunny and childish, and it comes across as a failed attempt at making the movie exciting and enjoyable. The worst part about this movie is the acting and the script, and some roles are fine, while others are far below average. The two most annoying roles in this movie were Logan Lerman as the arrogant D'Artagnan and Freddie Fox as King Louis XIII, who have the tendency to let out incredibly cliched, mindless lines. Logan is supposed to be a young romantic in search of adventure, but he just comes off as awful. Every line he lets out seems unnatural and forced, and it becomes apparent that he's the kind of character that the modern audience is supposed to link with. Freddie tries to add humor, but he's such an awkward and ridiculous character that comes off as cringe worthy writing. There are some ups in the acting, though, with the three Musketeers being alright, and Mads Mikkelsen and Christoph Waltz doing a decent job. They're both great actors, but the problem is that they're not given that much interesting material.
Admittedly, I had some minor fun with this movie, and although I wasn't ever "bored" during the movie thanks to its mildly entertaining action sequences and its bloated, but good looking special effects, I eventually got fed up with what I was seeing. Everything felt so artificial and conventional, and, as I said, it seems like they attempt to update the Three Musketeers tale for every generation. All these different cliches muddle the already predictable storyline, and if they at least made a bigger effort to deliver something new and adventurous without being bloated and over produced, this movie could've been an actually good movie. It's too bad that we'll never really get too many movies like that now. The Three Musketeers is a failed adaptation of the classic tale, and Paul W.S. Anderson can't properly reinvent the story without having the tendency to please the modern audience.