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October 22, 2011
Review - " The Three Musketeers "  -  (in theaters) By Roland Hansen
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The Three Musketeers
Directed by: Paul W.S. Anderson
Starring: Matthew Macfadyen, Logan Lerman, Christoph Waltz, Milla
Jovovich, James Corden, Mads Mikkelsen, Orlando Bloom, Ray
Stevenson, Luke Evans

I saw The Three Musketeers last night. I’ve seen a couple of other
musketeers movies before, but this remake is very different. I have not
read The Three Musketeers book by Alexandre Dumas, but my guess
is that the latest Three Musketeers movie probably didn’t come close
to matching the book. Bottom line: The Three Musketeers is a period
movie (reign of King Louis XIII), but it also has elements of science
fiction/fantasy. Moviegoers expecting a traditional musketeers movie
might be disappointed.

In a Three Musketeers story, you expect it to include Athos, Aramis,
Porthos, and D’Artagnan. And if you’ve seen other musketeers movies
or read the book, you will also expect the evil cardinal the to be in the
story. What you don’t expect are airships, Ninja-style bungee jumping,
Matrix-like bullet dodging, and advance weapons. Yet all those sci-fi
elements are in the new Three Musketeers movie. I’m not saying it’s a
bad thing; just unexpected.

Milla Jovovich, one of my favorite action actress, is in this movie.
Jovovich plays the part of Milady de Winter. And just like her Resident
Evil movies, Jovovich showcases her fighting ability. However, in the
Three Musketeers movie, she isn’t fighting zombies (maybe she should
have). Even though Milla is in plenty of scenes, the stars of the film are
Matthew Macfadyen (Athos), Luke Evans (Aramis), Ray Stevenson
(Porthos), and Logan Lerman (D’Artagnan). The
movie also features Orlando Bloom (Duke of
Buckingham), Freddie Fox (King Louis XIII of France),
Christoph Waltz (Cardinal Richelieu), Mads Mikkelsen
(Rochefort), Gabriella Wilde (Constance), Juno
Temple (Queen), Til Schweiger (Cagliostro), Markus
Brandl (Sergeant Venetian Guard), Dexter Fletcher (D’
Artagnan’s Father), and Jane Perry (D’Artagnan’s

The new Three Musketeers movie ended by setting
itself up for a sequel. I’m not sure if there really will be
a sequel. Ultimately, a sequel will depend on how well
this movie does at the box office. The Three
Musketeers is a film that you go out to see to enjoy, it’s
got some great action sequences, some lovely shot
set pieces. Yes the film is action packed and yes it’s a
good bit of fun.
Overall I liked the movie. It's a fun family
entertainment, your kids will like it. A simple, yet
colorful enough, popcorn movie that is worth
watching. Not even 1 person left the theatre
where I watched it and the audience reacted well
to the movie.