I’ve said it before and I will say it again, again, again. Sometimes you find a movie that’s so much fun it doesn’t have to be a GREAT movie to win me over. The Three Musketeers is a comedy adventure with the disguise of the Three Musketeers story. It put me in mind of another comedy swashbuckling movie, Yellowbeard. Even though Yellowbeard was WAY more wacky and stubbornly inappropriate, The spirit is here with Artrious, Pedneos, Darnionion and Symbiosis, or whatever their names are:). I have never read the books, nor have I seen any Three Musketeers movies/TV shows in my life. It’s true, very true. Therefore I didn’t know what to expect with the characters and I had nothing to compare it to. All this and yet I did have a certain thing in my mind, knowing the director and wife combo of Anderson/Mila and thought it might be more like a high action intense modern hard edged kind of adventure. I was wrong.
The way this movie comes together is all about the fun, the comedy, the cheeky one liners and silly interaction between characters. Good verses bad, sexy villianess, spy action, twists, turns, swashbuckling, pirate activity, and a hint of romance all fill the screen at any moment. The cast is going along for the ride just like we are, so they put their cheesy hearts and souls into their flippant dialogue. It can get a little annoying and boring, especially with the HORRIBLE servant character. He actually ruins every scene for me. The comedian who plays him is just too modern or sarcastic or smarmy or something. I disliked that character a great deal and there were times when he was on the screen and I wanted to actually leave the room or cover my ears. I have a bad reaction to certain types of performances or characters or performers, and I have no idea why. He was fine in the quality department I”m sure, but his style and my style radar do not have fun together, at all.
The action is big and cartoony at times which is fine with me. It matches the rest of the movie. The characters could have been fleshed out more, more details about their pasts, their troubles, their reasons for being the way they are, and D’Artagnan’s back story with is family. It all feels a big shallow when it comes to understanding why they behave the way they do. We get a very brief telling scene at the beginning, but it’s not enough to fill in who they are. I suppose it’s possible that the writer/director thought that everyone is already so familiar with the Three Musketeers that we don’t need to flush them out, just pay homage to them, but for anyone like me who has not experienced them at all, it felt a bit empty.
Overall I did have a great time and the fun of a movie can often override any flaws, and that’s very true for this telling of the tale of these defenders of France. It’s 99% appropriate for the whole family, fun for action seekers, and one more nod to the fans of these sword swinging fellows.
- Access Three Musketeers – An awesome PIP feature that literally gives you something new to look at every couple of minutes. From production artwork to featurettes and more this is a seamless branching experience.
- Audio Commentary With Filmmakers – A full length Director audio track, get the inside scoop on how the film was made.
- Deleted Scenes With Filmmaker Commentary – A ton of deleted scenes are included not all of them great. Hey they are deleted for a reason right.
- 3D & 2D Versions of the movie – Two Blu-Ray discs one with each version of the movie.
Cover Art and Menus: 4/10
This cover is unexciting and does nothing to promote the vibrant craziness this movie has to offer. I would not have it as a poster, but if they did a close up image of some of those fabrics, THAT would be a groovy poster! The menu is alive with clips and pirate style design, so it’s also got a sense of playfulness.
Audio & Video: 8/10
The Three Musketeers is presented in VC1 1080P and looks ridiculously good. I would go as far to say this is one of the best transfers so far on Blu-Ray. The films colorful sets and costumes all come through with flying colors and the amazingly detailed sets have to be seen to be believed. Like the movie or not the 2D and 3D versions (presented here on separate discs to keep the bitrate high) are stellar and showcase material for your home theatre setup.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is as good as the image quality with some amazing surround activity, music is never louder than dialog and the airships in the movie make a distinctive bass woosh whenever they appear. This Blu-Ray is technically up there with the best any studio has to offer I highly recommend it!!!
For better or worse, I am no longer an advocate for buying DVD’s or Blu-Rays. I have a certain kind of non-hoarding mind set at this age and the only thing I have too much of are art supplies and “stuff” in my garage. I don’t feel the need to have other multiples like, like movies, sitting on a shelf in my house. That being said, The Three Musketeers is a very good time and if you have a few bucks to rent it, stream it, or even if you do find it for a very very bargain price it’s worth the cash. It’s one of those flicks you can watch many times and still have a blast. Kids will dig it and it’s a great “hey let’s watch a movie tonight” offering if you have several people hanging around and you don’t want to delve into something serious. Therefore, it’s worth as much as $10 in my estimation for the rewatch value and for the kind of entertainment you are getting for your hard earned cash.
Overall Score 7/10