the Three Musketeers (2011)

Although it was my goal to read the book before ever seeing any version of the film, that didn’t happen. I caved and watched the 1993 version with Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, and Chris O’Donnell. After that I saw the characters briefly appear/reappear in Once Upon a Time, I decided to plunge right into another Musketeer movie.

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The Three Musketeers was directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, who is known for Mortal Kombat (1995), Event Horizon (1997), and several of the Resident Evil films (2002) and is slated to direct Monster Hunter, a Capcom based movie. This movie was written by Alex Litvak, Andrew Davies, and of course, is based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas. Litvak is known for Predators (2011) and Five Against a Bullet (announced) and Davies is known for Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001), Brideshead Revisited (2008), and several episodes of House Of Cards (2013).

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One of my favorite things about this movie is realizing almost every actor had previously played a character I enjoyed in another film. This movie stars Matthew Macfayden (Athos), Luke Evans (Aramis), Ray Stevenson (Porthos) as the Three Musketeers. Logan Lerman stars as D’Artagnan, Orlando Bloom (Duke of Buckingham), Milla Jovovich (Milady D’Winter), and Christopher Waltz (Richelieu). Juno Temple is the Queen and Gabriella Wilde is one of her maids, Constance.

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The plot is a well known one but I’ll summarize it for you in case you don’t know: D’Artagnan has ties to the famous Musketeers and trains to become one of them. He seeks them out and the few that he does find, reluctantly join him after being double-crossed and discover a plot to seize the French throne and throw the country in war. There is betrayal, romance, and lots of sweet sword play.

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I enjoyed this movie. Though I already knew the plot it was fun watching it play out with a different cast. It made me laugh and gasp and the stunts performed by Milla Jovovich (and her stunt double) were probably my favorite. Also, I’ll watch anything with Juno Temple in it. It did feel kind of long in some places but the fantastic costumes made up for it!

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