by Lorie Lewis Ham
Special coupon for Dinuba Platinum Theatre at the end of this review.
I have been in love with The Three Musketeers ever since I was a little girl. Handsome men dressed in capes and feathered hats fighting with swords for honor and justice—it was like a precursor to the super hero but far more romantic. What’s not to love?
While there have been many incarnations of this story, many different movie versions with different plotlines, most (except for parodies of course) have been true to the basic idea of the Musketeers—the best of the best fighting for King and Country with honor and loyalty to one another. The new movie falls right in line with the rest, bringing back to the screen after many years absence the wonder, delight and romance of the daring Musketeers. In this new version, the characters are perhaps a little more real, with Athos turning to drink after the betrayal of a lover and them all losing faith in their fight for justice until a young D’Artagnan shows up and lights a fire under them once again.
In this story we have a Cardinal trying to rule France and manipulate a young king, a very foppish looking Orlando Bloom as an evil over the top villain (he made me laugh every time he came on the screen-a nice departure for Bloom), a beautiful and unusually skilled villainess for that time period in Mi Lady played by Milla Jovovich and the wonderful Musketeers. With the urging of D’Artagnan, played by Logan Lerman from Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightening Thief, the Musketeers unite to save the life and honor of the young Queen and hopefully keep France from going to war with England.
The flying warships and the air battle was a bit over the top for a Three Musketeers movie, but I loved it! Most of the actors were unknown to me, which was actually kind of nice, and possibly purposeful. The casting was wonderful, and as a long time Musketeers fan, I have no complaints with this movie at all. The story was fun, at times edge of your seat, and filled with swashbuckling action. I hope to see Athos, Aramis, Porthos and D’Artagnan on the big screen again in the future—which this movie definitely set it up for and I’m very much looking forward to seeing more of Luke Evans, who played Aramis, in The Immortals, the upcoming Hobbit movies and Raven, and Edgar Allan Poe flick.
So if you’re in the mood for some action with a bit more style and romance than guns and bombs, I definitely say check out The Three Musketeers.
The Three Musketeers is now playing at Dinuba Platinum Theatres 6. Showtimes can be found on their website.