Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Three Musketeers— A Thrill Ride!

The Three Musketeers is the latest film by Paul W S Anderson, writer and director of two Resident Evil films and the recent Death Race remake. If the thought of this man mangling an Alexandre Dumas novel is making your hair fall out, you might be surprised to hear that in plot terms, his version’s surprisingly faithful: Porthos (Ray Stevenson), Athos (Matthew MacFadyen) and Aramis (Luke Evans), along with their young disciple d’Artagnan (Logan Lerman), are sent to retrieve a diamond necklace belonging to the French Queen (Juno Temple), with the mysterious yet talented in the art of the sword Milady de Winter (Milla Jovovich) in tow.

The tone, however, is different. A well-balanced mixture of action pantomime, a thrill-infused pantone-gone-multi-colored steampunk comic, Anderson’s Musketeers is packed with flying galleons and hike ‘em-up bodices, both of which are exploited to the fullest by his colossal-cool 3D cinematography. Some films must engage you in a way that allows a vicarious plunge into another dimension, another time. And I believe we need to feel as though we too can swash-buckle and move with the sleek yet noble pace. It’s a thrill ride. Enjoy it!

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