By APRIL GEORGE
At first glance, it would appear that “The Three Musketeers” is simply a remake of the 1993 Disney film of the same name. While it does follow the same storyline -both are films based on the classic novel by Alexandre Dumas- this new version does not have the fun-loving, Disney feel of its predecessor.
“Musketeers” features Logan Lerman (“Percy Jackson”) as the idealistic D’Artagnan, a young man who, as the son of a former musketeer, embarks on a journey to Paris to join the King’s Musketeers. Unfortunately, because of a blunder on a previous mission, and some scheming by the wicked Cardinal Richelieu (Christopher Waltz) and his hired help Milady (Milla Jovovich), the musketeers have been disbanded.
When Richelieu plots to use the Duke of Buckingham (Orlando Bloom) as a scapegoat for a war with England, D’Artagnan recruits Athos (Matthew MacFayden), Porthos (Ray Stevenson) and Aramis (Luke Evans) to stop the treacherous Cardinal.
The film features a star-studded cast as well as several unknown faces. Lerman shines in his breakout role, and Bloom steps out of his traditional pretty-boy, action hero role to give a star turn as the villainous Buckingham. Jovovich is beautifully wicked as the double-crossing, multi-talented Milady, and the rest of the cast does not disappoint.
The film features some pretty cool special effects too. Ranging from epic sword fights and explosions to an airship straight out of steampunk fantasy, “Musketeers” shows that it has footing in the SFX world as well.
Overall, the film is worth a watch, as long as you don’t take into account that the Renaissance time period clashes with the steampunk themes. Wrapped up in a nice little two hour package is a film that takes into account many different tastes and styles. “The Three Musketeers” lives up to expectations, and surpasses the ’93 version as one of the best renditions of Dumas’ novel.
“The Three Musketeers” is playing at all major theaters. It’s rated PG-13 for sequences of violence.