The Three Musketeers
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Originally a series of books, The Three Musketeers has since been made into a film over twenty times. The author of the original books, Alexandre Dumas, drew inspiration from an earlier book called Mémoires de Monsieur d’Artagnan. In this book d’Artagnan first meets the king’s musketeers; Athos Porthos and Aramis. Also present in the book is Milady de Winter, the antagonist of the first Musketeers book. However, her background was changed significantly.
Alexandre Dumas’s book, The Three Musketeers, was originally serialised, in France, between March on July 1844 under the name Les Trois Mousquetaires. The plot follows d’Artagnan who travels to Paris to join the musketeers. When he is arrested along with the three musketeers they join forces to escape. D’Artagnan falls in love with a woman called Constance and encounters Athos ex-wife Milady de Winter, who has been paid to kill the Duke of Buckingham who is having an affair with the Queen of France. The musketeers, and d’Artagnan, must then defeat Milady before it’s too late.
On the 14th of October the latest Three Musketeers film will arrive at cinemas in stunning, and pointless, 3D. The basic elements of the book are there, by which I mean the characters and the role that the characters play, but the plot is not exactly the same. Normally things like that bother me, but with this being the twenty somethingth Musketeers movie, I think changes may just be a good thing. Then again, a loyal fan may want to see the classic tale retold in 3D. In this version, d’Artagnan joins forces with the three musketeers, who were famous but are currently down on their luck, to stop Milady and her employer from taking over France and starting a war. As I said, it’s not the exact same plot, but it does have a lot of similar plot points.
The three musketeers will be played by Matthew Macfadyen, Ray Stevenson and Luke Evans. Logan Lerman plays d’Artagnan and Milla Jovovich portrays Milady de Winter. Paul W.S. Anderson, Jovovich’s Husband, is directing the film and congratulations to them for finally making a movie that their daughter can watch, but probably won’t want to.
Though it does not follow the exact plot of the book, the movie looks good. It mixes action with comedy, but in a way that keeps the tone fairly serious. It has a great range of actors and then Orlando Bloom for some reason. The delivery of the lines is also great, it’s not always easy especially with one liners, but they appear to have done it with neatly. Like most movie goers, I can’t see the point in having the 3D, but it is still the trend in Hollywood so we’ll just have to put up with the goofy glasses. All things considered, this movie may be entertaining for an action/adventure fan, or for someone who is familiar with the source material, but if you don’t fit those categories you probably should give it a miss.
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