Film Review – The Three Musketeers

From time to time I like to go to the cinema and watch a movie for its effects or because I have seen a trailer that is particularly exciting. The trailer of the Three Musketeers amused me, and some of the scenes and effects looked promising. Thus, I decided to see the film one evening to see whether the funny trailer would keep up with its promises.

The movie could be put into the same genre as the “Pirates of the Caribbean” and with that opinion and expectation I went to see it.

The cast looked promising. Orlando Bloom, Logan Lerman (as Percy in the Lightning Thief), Milla Jovovich (known from the Reident Evil films) and Matthew Macfadyen (known from the last Robin Hood movie) seemed to attract quite a lot of people to the cinema. With that spirit I sat through the adverts with anticipation.

The plot was relatively simple. The Three Musketeers Athos, Porthos and Aramis with the help of Athos’ lover, Milady de Winter (Milla Jovovich), steal some blueprints of an airship blueprints made by Leonardo Da Vinci. Arthos’ lover however betrays the three Musketeers and is in fact a double agent, giving the plans of the airship to the Duke of Buckingham (Orlando Bloom). Cardinal Richelieu, who really holds the power in France, disbands the musketeers and the three heroes end up drinking their way to bliss.

As it turns out, the Cardinal has plans to overthrow the king of France and risks putting the entire continent at the brink of war. The double agent Milady de Winter plays an central role liaising with the Cardinal as well as with Buckingham in England at the same time.

In the meantime the young D’Artagnan makes his way to Paris to become a musketeer. He soon meets the three musketeers in a battle and at the same falls in love with one of the maids of the queen. The maid discovers an evil plot by the cardinal to overthrow the king and begs the musketeers and  D’Artagnan for help. In the meantime, Buckingham builds powerful airships threatening the entirety of Europe.

Do the musketeers succeed in thwarting the cardinal’s plot or is Europe going to fall into the hands of a tyrant? This is for you to find out when you see the film in the cinema….

The film is full of action scenes and special effects. Some of them are funny, some of them impressive, but at most times they are completely ridiculous. The film itself has not much in common with Alexandre Dumas’ novel, apart from the title maybe. Although I did not go to watch this film to get an education in European history, I found the story a little too far-fetched and too removed from the truth. Also, despite the fact that it was more of a steam-punk movie, the historic inaccuracy was so horrendous that I was scared that the film could cause some serious damage in the education of some younger people. Also, the film portrayed a completely wrong picture of 17th century Europe and technological inaccuracies which were ludicrous.

Nevertheless, some of the effects make this film worthwhile watching, just for the entertainment value.

It is one of those films one can watch to have a laugh and relax, without much of a message.

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