Movie Review: The Three Musketeers – it’s science fiction

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I saw an advance movie screening of 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. The Three Musketeers (Impact Pictures and Summit Entertainment) opens in the U.S. today. The 110-minute movie is rated PG-13 for mild violence.

The Three Musketeers movie

Every legend has a new beginning
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. In a way, it’s a bit refreshing because I was expecting a movie like the 1993 version of the Three Musketeers (Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Chris O’Donnell, Oliver Platt, and Tim Curry). Or maybe a story like the The Man in the Iron Mask (Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, Gérard Depardieu, and Gabriel Byrne). The new version is very different from those two musketeers movies.

There are no zombies in this movie
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 Mother). The movie was directed by Paul W.S. Anderson.

Sequel coming soon
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.

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4 thoughts on “Movie Review: The Three Musketeers – it’s science fiction

  1. I really like the 1993 version; I don’t think anyone could top Tim Curry as Richelieu my book. I don’t think we’ll be going to this one, but your take on it as a pseudo-sci-fi is interesting.

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