Wednesday, October 26, 2011
All for 3D.
The Three Musketeers.
This story has been done 700 times, but not quite like this. This is a “fantasy” take on the story. In reality there were no airships, Milady De Winter wasn’t a ninja and explosions weren’t very common, but hey it’s all in the name of fun; and in that spirit, this movie delivers.
I am not as pissed off at the very loose interpretation of the novel – see this story has been done so many different ways – The Musketeer had kung fu, there was a motorcycle version of it, they are doing an Asian version now, and there have even been musical versions and even Mickey Mouse did one! So a hyper fantasized version with goofy jokes is yet another version. The only Musketeer movie that I love is the Man in the Iron Mask (with Leo) that was serious drama! But for the most part all 3M movies have comedy, so this movie doesn’t piss me off like Transformers for example, which only has one live action film that everyone judges the cartoon by and which is super inaccurate.
Anyway, this movie has bombed and gotten very bad reviews. Well I am not sure what these people were expecting. The trailers were very accurate to what you got in the movie. I have the original novel (both the first and fifth novels actually – don’t ask) and several movie versions on DVD (5 in total), and if you are not going to translate the book, then you may as well have fun with it, and that’s what Paul Anderson does.
That being said, there are some really stupid things that happen, like the fat servant. The musketeers make fun of him for no reason, why are they being such dicks? Anyway, he ends up being very useful later on, but then after that, they go back to making fun of him? WTF? Also, the 3M’s never wear the musketeer outfits? That’s another WTF moment!
On the other hand, there is a lot to like. Milla is great as always, and is the best character, Rocheford is wicked – the only serious villain. The musketeers themselves are pretty cool and the scenery is amazing!
So all in all, this was a fun movie. I don’t understand the hatred. I could understand if I or one of my bloggers hated it, but not the same crowd that loves Transformers and Hangover.
I say go see it!
PS the 3D was a complete pile of shit, as usual, so go for 2D if you can.