Saturday, October 29, 2011

The three musketeers

Three Musketeers

France's top three operatives, made obsolete without a cause to fight for, are brought back into action when the arrival of a fouth member brings a noble cause.

I'm down for all these steam-punk types of movies, some work (Sherlock Holmes) and some fail (Sucker Punch), fortunately this is one of the ones that works.

Cast wise, varied. Matthew Macfadyen, Luke Evans and Ray Stevenson in the top three leads of the film are really good, even if Evans has less to say than the other two, still all good. Christoph Waltz and Milla Jovovich awesome as two of the film's villians. However, Logan Lerman as the young recruit to the team, Orlando Bloom, as the evil Duke and Freddie Fox, the young king, didn't bring their best performance to the camera. Bloom was more bareable than he was in the Pirates films, but still quite weak. The utter low part of the film, personally was James Corden's bumbling servent to the Musketeers. He's annoying in ever other role he has done and this is no different.

Now after ripping the cast, let me exlain that this film is actually worth watching. The story is gripping, leaves you guessing all the way through, it has some really good fight sequences, including a very Final Fantasy 9 esque airship fight and several awesome sword fighting scenes, nothing new within them (cart gets used as a see-saw, rope used to circle round and the few beat the many) but still awesome.
I really liked the opening to the film. It's animation set on a war strategy table and the figures are lightly animated to show their actions. It happens a few times more throughout the film and i loved it.
It's witty and funny also throughout and ends with a lovely set up for a sequel, hopefully soon.

Recommend; Yes
Overall: 8/10

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