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Film Review: The Three Musketeers
The Three Hunkin', Sensitive Musketeers
By Ani Mikaelian
When you think of musketeers, you think of fearless men fighting for glory and justice. There have been several films depicting the lives of the three legendary musketeers known as Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. The real story, however, focuses on a young daredevil named d’Artagnan who wants nothing more than to join the Musketeers of the Guard.
2011's “The Three Musketeers” takes you straight to the beginning of the tale where we meet d’Artagnan bidding his parents good-bye with the family sword in hand. Not even ten minutes into the film, d’Artagnan lands himself in trouble with four men—three of whom he challenges to duel. Naturally, the three are the infamous musketeers who are down on their luck.
This decade's version of the classic story welcomes a new, sympathetic side of the musketeers. Imagine Paris in a time of love and war—the unbelievably young and naïve King Louis XIII gives into the cardinal's manipulations and d’Artagnan has taken to the Queen’s fair maiden. There is no way to keep swordplay out of these scenarios, at least not where the musketeers are concerned, but this film isn't all about clanking metal.
An impeccably versatile cast comprised of Logan Lerman, Milla Jovovich, Matthew Macfadyen, Luke Evans, Ray Stevenson, Orlando Bloom, and Christoph Waltz opens the audience to a world of European chaos that took place four centuries ago. From French pastures to the English Channel, the film's scenery alone is enough to make heads spin.
Jam-packed with baffling swordplay, witty jokes, and a charmingly cocky d-Artagnan, you cannot go wrong with this feature. The Musketeers may be “all for one,” but this motion-picture is “one for all!”
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