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The Three Musketeers
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Mar 12, 2012 By: Mathew Plale
The Three Musketeers order
Director:
Paul W.S. Anderson

Actors:
Luke Evans
Milla Jovovich
Christoph Waltz

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
In this take on Alexandre Dumas' classic, the title swordsmen (Matthew Macfayden, Ray Stevenson, Luke Evans) team with the young D'artagnan (Lerman) to stop the traitorous Milady de Winter (Jovovich) and Cardinal Richelieu (Waltz) from dethroning King Louis XIII and Queen Anne.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
There have been no less than 30 adaptations of Alexandre Dumas The Three Musketeers. This is the one directed by the guy who made Mortal Kombat into a movie.

Its the start of the 17th century and the title swordsmen, Athos (Matthew Macfayden), Porthos (Ray Stevenson) and Aramis (Luke Evans), having disbanded after being betrayed by Athos love, Milady de Winter (Milla Jovovich), who has stolen valuable Da Vinci blueprints from them and given them to the Duke of Buckingham (Orlando Bloom, who must have missed playing dress-up after leaving the Pirates franchise).

Milady also teams with Cardinal Richelieu (Christoph Waltz), who has hatched a plan to set up Queen Anne (Juno Temple) as an adulteress, which would in turn cause war and her husband, King Louis XIII (Freddie Fox), to be dethroned. Sounds like a job for the Musketeers and Dartagnan (Logan Lerman)!

Dumas novel may not hold a special place on your shelf, but it deserves something more than 21st-century dialogue, stiff performances and dizzy Matrix-style effects. (Exactly how much of the unreasonable $75 million was spent on CGI and 3D effects?)

Anderson just isnt qualified to do an adaptation of The Three Musketeers. Its just so much more logical for him to study and memorize the Mortal Kombat and Resident Evil game manuals than it is to read Dumas.
THE EXTRAS
Audio commentary with director/producer Paul W.S. Anderson and co-producers Jeremy Bolt and Robert Kulzer: In this track, The Three Budgeteers cover a variety of topics, including updating the story, the cast, the special effects, filming location, and much more.

Access Three Musketeers: With this feature, which plays along with the movie, allows viewers to gain access to cast and crew stories, inside information about the making of the film and more. This picture-in-picture addition builds upon the commentary and the featurettes and so is more involved for fans.

Paul W.S. Andersons Musketeers (2:29): Anderson and cast/crew discuss this versions approach to The Three Musketeers.

Orlando Bloom Takes on the Duke (1:59) offers a very brief look at Blooms character, Duke of Buckingham.

17th Century Air Travel (2:20): Here, Anderson discusses his preference for real sets and using as few green screen shots as possible. (Note how many such shots are in The Three Musketeers, though.)

Uncovering France in Germany (2:13): Anderson shares his thoughts on the benefits on shooting in Germany over France. (What he doesnt touch on, however, are the tax benefits.)

Deleted & Extended Scenes (14:18): There are 12 here, which can be viewed separately or as a whole. They are: Wheres the Key? Catching You, Entering Da Vincis Vault, Chess Game, Queen Anne Disputes the Cardinal, Buckinghams Arrival, Buckingham and Cardinal in the War Room, Queen Anne and Constance, Planchet and the Horse, Tower of London, The Musketeers of the Airship, and Dartagnan and Rochefort Fight.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Why there needed to be another adaptation of The Three Musketeers, we dont know. And only Paul W.S. Anderson can answer why it required a $75 million budget. This latest take on Dumas classic does its best to liven up the show by modernizing some of the dialogue and laying on heavy special effects, but it all works against the source. Good thing there's another Resident Evil on the way.
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1:40PM on 03/12/2012
Not a great movie, but I saw it in 3D in theaters, and it's easily the best 3D I saw all of last year.
Not a great movie, but I saw it in 3D in theaters, and it's easily the best 3D I saw all of last year.
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