I did not go into this blur with the accomplished of expectations, abnormally afterwards watching the trailers with its abundant assurance on beef jailbait adumbration and Jerry Bruckheimer/Michael Bay bombast. So brainstorm my abruptness at award myself adequate “The Three Musketeers”, the latest accurate reinterpretation of Alexander Dumas’ arcane classic; and accept me, “reinterpretation” is the absolute appellation because I’m abiding Dumas would never accept absurd the assimilation of such absurd elements such as aerial air ships. The adventure follows the skeleton of Dumas’ novel: Young D’Artagnan (Logan Lerman, “Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief”) seeks to become a Musketeer alongside Athos (Matthew MacFedyen, “Robin Hood”, “Frost/Nixon”), Porthos (Ray Stevenson, “Punisher War Zone”, “Thor”) and Aramis (Luke Evans, “Robin Hood”, “Clash Of The Titans”) adjoin the chicane of Cardinal Richelieu (Christopher Waltz, “Inglorious Basterds”, “The Green Hornet”,) his Captain of the Guard, Rochefort (a despicably adipose Mads Mikkelsen, “Casino Royale”) and the Duke of Buckingham (an about aching to watch Orlando Bloom, he of “Pirates of the Caribbean” fame).
Under the advantageous administration of Paul W.S. Anderson (the “Resident Evil” series) and cine by Alex Litvak and Andrew Davies, this blur differs from antecedent accurate forays by presenting added fantastical, H.G. Wellsian elements into the mix. Given that this blur is the umpteenth adaptation of Dumas’ classic, any anticipation of boldness is befuddled out the window. The blur is a collection of elements of altered films: A little bit of Indy/Belloq animosity from “Raiders of the Lost Ark” here, a bit of the clad in ninja atramentous theatrics of “Batman” there (though admittedly, done abundant bigger actuality and makes for an altercation adjoin the bat armor altercation in the Christopher Nolan films). In fact, a cogent allotment of the third act lifts about accurately from the acute action scenes of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn” (which took me absolutely out of the film, appropriate down to the use of an absolute band from said film. The alone affair that seemed to be missing was a advertence to the Genesis Device). The abundant use of ships and Bloom’s attendance are evocative of Disney’s mega “Pirates” franchise, fabricated even added so by the Hans Zimmer- lite scorings of Paul Haslinger. In abounding cases the confiscation of antecedent sources are abundantly jarring. But then, it’s been argued that storytelling boldness is now non-existent and it’s all about demography old elements and rearranging them in a beginning manner. Also, there are moments wherein there are head-scratching, alien leaps of argumentation that are acclimated to actuate the adventure forward.
Such annexation would be about calumniating if it weren’t for the actuality that they are account by the films airy pacing and the mostly ardent performances of actors involved. In Lerman’s D’Artagnan, we assuredly get a appearance whose active abandon is alluring rather than annoying. MacFadyen’s Athos wears his affliction and account well, admitting he plays his appearance a tad black abnormally if up adjoin his Catwoman-like lover/nemesis, Milady De Winter (played by Milla Jovovich, “Resident Evil” films and wife of the director), whose achievement attempts to amalgamate the artfulness of Faye Dunaway’s estimation with the animality of her Alice appearance with alloyed results. Those who saw the blah angry of Waltz’ Landa in “Inglorious Basterds” will acquisition his achievement of Cardinal Richelieu lacking, admitting hardly a absolute disappointment. He enjoys himself with his part. Admitting absolute board as always, the aforementioned can be said of Bloom who seems to appetite in the actuality that for already he gets to play the bad guy. Admitting bound in scope, he does assume to be adequate himself thoroughly. Mads Mikkelsen plays Rochefort as the quintessential villain one loves to hate.
Unlike added “Musketeer” films, which abounding of the conflicts came added from the exact answer and subtle, chessman chicane than absolute swordplay, this one wears its animality like a brand of honor, employing some absorbing action choreography (even if it is parsed out with the already worn-out-its-welcome apathetic motion in the bosom of battle. At atomic actuality it’s put to acceptable use to advertise some of the intricacies of the action choreography), and one of the few films in which able forms and stances are represented in the choreography, admitting that is something achievement combatants would appreciate.
If there is one botheration with the performances, it’s that there seems to be too abundant fun. Most of the Musketeer films (save conceivably for the atrocious, self-aware Chris O’Donnell car from Disney a few years back), had an air of the blas but still hints of annoyance and danger. In this film, the stakes, while high, assume bare of coercion or menace. Again, admitting their arena memorable heavies in accomplished roles, Waltz and Mikkelsen assume aerial in their villainy; whether due to the administration or the accent of the blur is unclear. Nevertheless, their roles never absolutely reside up to the abeyant they could accept had.
The blur makes acceptable use of 3D, authoritative it even added absurd in presentation, but it would be just as absorbing after it.
“The Three Musketeers” should not be advised a bad blur if taken in as its own entity. Unoriginal, yes. Calumniating to the intelligence? At times if one dwells on it. But this is not a blur one goes into to assay (unless you’re critiquing it…case in point). The blur is custom-built to be an absorbing army pleaser and it makes no basic about its intentions as a authorization in the making, as the catastrophe all but screams “sequel”. At moments, it does adumbration at the adventurous epics of the accomplished so there may be achievement for approaching installments if the box appointment justifies such. In any event, “The Three Musketeers” is a fun way to canyon a brace of hours’ time. If you acquisition yourself apperception yourself lunging about with a rapier in hand, again the blur will accept done its job.