Even Alexandre Dumas wouldn’t have thought in his wildest dreams that how his work of fiction would be treated in the years to come, let alone a 3D Hollywood film.
Helmed by Paul WS Anderson and starring Logan Lerman, Milla Jovovich, Ray Stevenson, Luke Evans, Juno Temple, Orlando Bloom , Christoph Waltz and Freddie Fox, ‘The Three Musketeers’ is high on steampunk, making it appear as a ludicrous, over the top popcorn flick.
When Cardinal Richelieu (Christoph Waltz) tries to overthrow King Louis XIII (Freddie Fox) to assume absolute power and goes on war with England (represented by Orlando Bloom as Duke of Buckingham), D’Artagnan (Logan Lerman), Athos (Matthew Macfadyen), Aramis (Luke Evans) and Porthos (Ray Stevenson) head to France for their glory moment.
One must accept that ‘The Three Musketeers’ looks amazingly beautiful with its magnificent castles and palatial manors all decked with 3D finery, however, all the swashbuckling, booming pyrotechnics just don’t get along the novel as the film is bursting with fiction and fantasy. We doubt if the film justifies Dumas’ work as it moves in an altogether different trajectory.
Director Paul WS Anderson should continue with the ‘Resident Evil’ franchise rather than trying something new and making it look completely weird.
Ratings: Two cheers for this one!