I am really not that critical when it comes to movies, but The Three Musketeers was a major disappointment.
The action was great. The comedy was great. Unfortunately, the drama was nonexistent. What makes The Man in the Iron mask one of my favorite movies was the drama. It had its comedic moments and was full of action, but they cast actors, who have great presence in dramatic scenes, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, Gérard Depardieu, Gabriel Byrne.
Quite frankly, I don’t have a lot great to say about the main cast TTM. Matthew Macfadyen (Athos) was the Sherrif of Nottingham in the most recent film incarnation of Robin Hood, a movie that did nothing for me. Luke Evans (Aramis) was Apollo in Clash of the Titans, but I don’t think he even had any lines. Ray Stevenson (Porthos) I have seen in a couple of movies. He played Frank Castle in Punisher: War Zone in which he was excellent, and played Volstagg in Thor. In short, I’ve never seen any of them in particularly dramatic roles. While I loved Logan Lerman as Percy in Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, it’s hard to take him seriously in that wig. The only really great acting performance was Orlando Bloom as the Duke of Buckingham.
It wasn’t just the acting either. Athos came off as more ninja than Musketeer and Aramis even did a Batman leap from a building with his cape billowing in the wind. That’s to say nothing of the whole plot being about the building of an air warship designed by Leonardo da Vinci. Maybe if it hadn’t been so comedic, that wouldn’t have bothered me so much.
Anyway, not a terrible movie, but I wouldn’t waste money on a movie ticket. It will be on DVD soon enough. It will be interesting to see if they actually do the sequel.
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