Friday, October 21, 2011

The Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers 
Directed by: Paul W.S. Anderson
Written by: Alex Litvak, Andrew Davies

The hot-headed young D'Artagnan along with three former legendary but now down on their luck Musketeers must unite and defeat a beautiful double agent and her villainous employer from seizing the French throne and engulfing Europe in war.

It does not please me to say this but I was very dissapointed with The Three Musketeers. I mean first off they should have called the movie The Fourth Musketeer as the film focused mainly on D’Artagnan’s character rather than the musketeers themselves. On top of the forced D’Artagnan love story, it was full of cheesy moments, and atrocious dialogue. The editing was all over the place and the film could not decide what tone and message it wanted to send. In a film that could have been something they really screwed the pooch on this one.

The part that bothered me the most was the editing of this film. It was choppy and made me feel disoriented during simple conversations. It would be one thing if it was terrible during the action sequences but the action sequences were done rather well. But they couldn’t edit a simple conversation. A character would be in one spot during a conversation and then all of a sudden were at the opposite side of the room. It was extremely frustrating to watch while this nonsense was going on. 

A refreshing part of the film was seeing Orlando Bloom playing a villain. It is a change of pace for him and I think he pulled it off. It will be cool to see him play the villain character again in the sequel (pending this movie rakes in the dough). All of the casting in the film is spot on though and their acting jobs were okay int heir respected roles. I really liked Luke Evans as Aramis, who looks a little bit too much like Orlando Bloom. It did confuse me a little at the beginning of the film. The other notable performance was by Logan Lerman who I am sure will have another big blockbuster under his belt soon enough.

Luckily the action in the film was pretty good, as farfetched as it all was for the classic Three Musketeer story. It was all entertaining and exciting. One action scene bothered me though, when they tried to copy 300 with slowing and speeding up the action at certain points. Not gonna lie, it works a lot better when Gerald Butler is a giant Spartan then Athos (Matthew Macfayden) in funny tights. 

I wish this film could have been better. I wish there was a little more effort put into the movie because you can tell there was not a 100% effort put forth. The dialogue was awful and all of the side characters, especially the King, were unbearable. Yes, the film ends with the promise of a sequel. I think the way they make you believe there is going to be a sequel was just as bad as the rest of the film. 

Rating: 4/10
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