This is one of the more interesting renditions of a classic tale that has been told so far. So what if it has flying ships and the fantastical works of Leonardo De Vinci and starts in Venice instead of France. It is a fun film to watch with some of the actors and actresses that we have come to love, playing characters that we wouldn’t expect them to play. You really wont care if your favorite is playing the bad guy or the bad girl, they are great in just about any film that they show up in.
It is a time of unrest where a young inexperienced King Louis XIII of France (Freddie Fox) is ruling a vast empire with his arranged bride Queen Anne (Juno Temple) who he doesn’t even know how to talk to. With no concept of leadership he has to rely on the guidance and advice from that of Cardinal Richelieu (Christoph Waltz). Richelieu takes full advantage of this and makes sure his guard and not the Musketeers are in charge of security. He wants nothing to get in the way of him ruling in the King’s and Queen’s place. He just has a few problems to get rid of first.
The Duke of Buckingham (Orlando Bloom) has his eyes on France and you really don’t know if it is for King and country or if it is for his own designs. He will do just about anything to make sure that France falls to him and his forces and doesn’t matter if it is by sword or subterfuge. He will use anything and anyone to get his way and his most effective agent is that of Milady de Winter (Milla Jovovich). She has beauty and guile and will tempt and trick anyone to make sure that she gets the job done and gets paid in the process.
D’Artagnan (Logan Lerman) wants to become a Musketeer like his father was before. It is him sparing with his father (Dexter Fletcher) where the real story begins. While true that the story is about the three musketeers, it is really about the journey a young man takes to both servie his country and to get the woman that he loves. He just doesn’t meet the love of his life Constance (Gabriella Wilde) until he meets the famous trio of troublemakers.
Now for the trio, Athos (Matthew Macfadyen), Aramis (Luke Evans) and Porthos (Ray Stevenson) who have served France faitfully for years. Now they have to find a reason to do so since the Musketeers have been disbanded. One of the only reasons they have not been thrown in jail and the key thrown away is that the King and Queen fancy the trio so much. It is these three that D’Artagnan winds up angering while he was trying to chase Rochefort (Mads Mikkelsen) after an insult to his horse. I do believe he took his father’s words too much to heart in that he should find trouble and get into it.
While this film strays much from the classical tells of the story that we have seen since we were all kids this really is a lovely new way to tell the story. I wouldn’t mind seeing them bastardize some more of them and this film is quite entertaining and fun to watch. Who wouldn’t want to see more of Milla in tights with a sword and Orlando as the very good bad guy. They really do make the film, even though you wouldn’t have a film without the other cast.
So, don’t take the film too seriously and just enjoy it for what it is, a swashbuckling fun time where you can forget the world that is around you for a couple of hours or there a bouts. You really wont mind the deviations as long as you are not a purest. If you love maps then you will love this film, just had to add that.
I give this film a Musing review of