Transcript for Review: The Three Musketeers
THE THREE MUSKETEERS may be the most ludicrous adaptation I've ever seen of Alexandre Dumas' classic novel. It also happens to be really entertaining.
The basic premise remains the same: D'Artangan, played here by Logan Lerman, travels to Paris and joins up with the three musketeers of the title--Athos, Porthos, and Aramis--to thwart the scheming Cardinal Richileu, played in this film by Christoph Waltz. That's pretty much where the film stops adhering to the plot of Dumas' novel--which, last time I checked didn't have quite this many airships and flamethrowers in it. That's Orlando Bloom as the Duke of Buckingham, who's made into a villain in this version. Though, really, he's being manipulated by Milady de Winter. She's played by Milla Jovovich, who spends most of the movie wearing revealing outfits and fighting people in slow motion. THE THREE MUSKETEERS is directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, the man behind RESIDENT EVIL and ALIEN VS. PREDATOR - and Jovovich's husband. Now a lot of our colleagues aren't too fond of his movies, but I like Anderson: sure the films he makes are silly, but they're fun, and he's got a great visual imagination that makes up for some of his movies' shortcomings. If you want over-the-top entertainment that doesn't respect the laws of physics, you can't do much better than this irreverent, cartoony action film. It's a thumbs up from me.