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The Three Musketeers
Rating: 2 out of 5

     The timeless storyline of The Three Musketeers reemerges once again, but this time with a new look and a new feel.  Is this new look a good thing for this classic story?  Or was it a bit too much?

     The basic outline is the same as previous installments – it’s a modern retelling of Alexander Dumas’ swashbuckling classic.  Follow Athos, Porthos and Aramis as they take in a young ambitious gentleman (D’Artagnan) whom aspires to be the next Musketeer.  Together they embark on a dangerous mission to save King and country. 
 

     The cast is quite impressive: Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil films), Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean films), and Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds) top the casting list.  Each bringing something special and unique to the film.  In fact, I’m not even a Orlando Bloom fan, and when I heard he was in this movie – I was turned off instantly.  But… he does such a remarkable job as a villain that I welcomed his addition, and I even wish he had more scenes.  The Three Musketeers themselves are comprised of: Matthew Macfadyen (Pride & Prejudice), Ray Stevenson (Punisher: War Zone) and Luke Evans (Clash of the Titans).  I loved each actor portraying a Musketeer, I just wish they had more screen time.  Most of the story revolves around the young kid (Logan Lerman), which was fine, but it would have been nice to see more of the Musketeers themselves. 

     The action itself was visually fun.  The opening sequence in which they are trying to collect the secret blueprints to Leonardo Da Vinci’s airship was quite possibly the best scene in the movie.  It sets up each character individually and gives us a nice visual of the world in which they inhabit.    

     There’s just one thing… the action just didn’t seem to intermingle well with the Three Musketeer world and story.  The action was highly impressive and fun to watch, but it seemed out of place and a little awkward.  I can understand trying to re-imagine the world and the story… but to have flying ships battle it out thousands of feet in the air – that’s a little ridiculous if you ask me.  Do you remember when Will Smith’s ‘Wild Wild West’ was released in the late 90’s?  Remember the robotic spider and how bad the movie was?  To me, this is another ‘Wild Wild West’.  To include unnatural elements (flying ships, Matrix style fighting, etc.) in a film that is supposed to take place in the 17th century – is just absurd.  Sure, most of it looked nice, but create your own franchise – don’t ruin an already established franchise by trying to modernize it for the younger generation.   

     The Bottom Line: The acting was great, even the overrated Orlando Bloom.  Most of the action was fun and exciting – but it just felt out of place in the Three Musketeer world.  It needed a little more of the Musketeers themselves and a little less D’Artagnan.  You may want to pass on this movie.   



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