Movie Review: The Three Musketeers (2011)
Synopsis: D'Artagnan, the hot-headed son of a former Musketeer, travels to Paris to follow in his father's footsteps. When he arrives, he learns the Musketeers no longer exist and, eventually, he and three former Musketeers, Athos, Aramis and Porthos, must stop a plot to start a war with England.
Review: When this movie came out in 2011, I decided not to watch it because, in my opinion, if you've seen one Three Musketeers movie, you've seen them all. However, after seeing a YouTube video of one of the fight scenes, I figured I would give the film a try and watched it last night and early this morning.
As it turns out, I was right, if you've seen one, you've seen all of them.
I'm not saying there weren't some memorable scenes from this film. Some of the fight scenes, for example, were pretty fun to watch and, to be fair, the film did at least try to be a little different by adding the use of airships to the plot. I just feel like the film didn't do enough to set itself apart from other movies with the same basic plot.
For example, one thing I did like about this film was the number of strong female characters, ranging from Milady de Winter (Jovovich) to Queen Anne (Juno Temple) and her lady-in-waiting Constance (Wilde). I would have loved to see this story told from one of their perspectives. Even a film from Buckingham's perspective would have been interesting, mostly because I felt Orlando Bloom brought quite a bit of charisma to that character.
Instead, the writers went with the whole airship thing that, while admittedly unique, was also a bit too much in my opinion. Frankly, it was almost as dumb as the giant mechanical spider in Wild Wild West and really didn't belong in a film like this.
Final Opinion: I didn't hate the film, mostly because of the fight scenes. I just didn't think it was any better than any other movie based off of this book and, because of that, only consider it average.
My Grade: C