Every year I set myself a target, usually of about 100, of films to watch. These are new films. Not new, new films. But films that are new to me. Any time I’ve seen a new one, I post a bit of a brain dump of my thoughts on the film here. Enjoy!
The Three Musketeers (06/03/12)
The hot-headed young D’Artagnan along with three former legendary but now down on their luck Musketeers must unite and defeat a beautiful double agent and her villainous employer from seizing the French throne and engulfing Europe in war.
I remember reading The Three Musketeers by Alexandra Dumas when I was a teenager. I also remembering being mildly obsessed with the 1993 version of the film. Oh and remember Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds? Yep, loved that too. It’s safe to say that The Three Musketeers have been littered throughout my TV and film related history.
I did however miss this one when it was released in the cinema. I blame the complete lack of 2D screenings. I’ve been taking a firmer stand against 3D films.
Watching the beginning of the film, I knew this film was going to take the source material a little… lightly. Suited me fine. I’m open to different interpretations. Including those that involves dogs. Though there were definite similarities with the 1993 version and this version when D’Artagnan first bumps into the Three Musketeers. I liked it.
Swashbuckling is what you’ll call this film. With a bit of steam punk. I enjoyed it. The villains were twirling their moustaches while the good guys were off being heroic and saving damsels in distress. It was a lot of fun. Great action set pieces. That do go way over the top. But why not? Where I wished they’d drawn the line was with the slo-mo. There was no need. It didn’t add anything to the action scenes. No drama, no suspense. Nothing. They could have saved at least 10 minutes by not having the slo-mo in there!
I did spend a lot of the time comparing Christopher Waltz’s Cardinal to Tim Curry’s. (Tim was far more unmistakably evil.) Thought Logan was great as the young D’Artagnan. I was expecting a little more life out of Matthew Mcfadyen’s Athos. He felt a bit subdued.
I knocked a point off this film’s score because of the score. It was just completely underwhelming. I was expecting a huge big orchestral score with a solid theme. What I got instead was hints of Hans Zimmers’ Sherlock Holmes and Pirates of the Caribbean scores. It had no identity of its own. Which I thought was a huge shame.
Overall, a great action/adventure film. Not to be taking seriously. Well, the airships make sure of that. But just to watch and enjoy and have a few laughs. Good work.
Read on to see all the films watched this year…