Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Film Review: The Three Musketeers

I would just like to inform you all that I am taking up sword fighting and moving to sixteenth century France.

Yep. Those are my plans for the summer. Because, you see, I just got home from the preview of The Three Musketeers, and I don't know if I have told you this but I am incredibly susceptible to exciting films and books.


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This movie has pretty much every ingredient for a good couple of hours of viewing pleasure. Beautiful scenery? Check. Witty/ Corny one liners? Check. Historical intrigue? Check. Big-ass flying ships? You bet. Okay, so there is a fair bit of the willing suspension of disbelief needed to watch this film. The integration of a femme fatale style double agent who abseils down the side of a palace in her underwear, whilst amusing, does perhaps induce an eyeroll. But Milla Jovovich as Milady is so good, I just didn't care. In fact, the entire cast was superb.

What the film makers have done is very cleverly brought a classic novel into a more fashionable context. The use of steampunk style elements makes it just exciting enough, and like all pieces about this particular period in history, it is highly stylised. (Don't even get me started on the sexualisation of the Tudors. Please.) There was also a hint of Pirates of the Caribbean in there, but that may just be because Orlando Blood + Eyeliner + Boats + swelling string music = Pirates sequel. But I wasn't alone in thinking that Orlando was channeling a bit of Captain Jack in his portrayal of Buckingham, was I Lauren???

It was funny because while the ads were on, the two of us girls were trying to cast a better Catwoman for the new Batman movie (because seriously Princess Mia = Andie Sachs = Jane Austen =/= catwoman. Just no.) and then Milla came on screen, and oh my gosh, why hadn't we thought of her before???

There is really very little in this film that I can find fault in... mostly because I was so entertained, I don't want to look for historical inaccuracies or deviations from the book. Besides, I haven't read the book. And seeing as I don't see Dr. Who dropping by later this evening in the TARDIS, maybe I should settle for planning to do that this summer, instead of learning to fence.

See this film. That is all.

1 comment:

  1. hehe. You're totally right. It was one of those movies where despite everything, it was entertaining and you really just didn't want to bother looking too deeply into the inaccuracies in historical accuracy and faithfulness to the book. It's very unlikely that a true-to-word telling of the book would bore audiences to premature deaths because its such a well-known story.

    I remember watching an older version of it with Gene Kelly as D'artagnan (holds back need to snort with laughter) and Angela Lansbury as Queen Ann (omg she was gorgeous!). It was very 1950's and semi-true to the book. Buut I gotta say, comparing the two...yeah I pick the new one. No question. :P

    eek cute guy who plays D'artagnan. So isn't given justice by the tv trailers!

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