If you like swashbuckling sword fights, dames wearing push up dresses (all cute ones), flying ship battles and awesomely groomed facial hair, then you will enjoy The Three Musketeers from Summit Entertainment, a LIONSGATE company. When I was approached with this movie I was confused, mainly because I didn’t know that Michael Cera was doing a new movie, but of course I was wrong, the box art is deceiving. This high budget movie directed by Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil), and stars Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson & the Olympians), Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Carribbean’s), Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil’s) and Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Bastards).
If you know anything about the Three Musketeers from the old days you know there were well, three. Playing the deadly and playful musketeers are, Matthew Macfadyen as Athos, Ray Stevenson (Punisher Warzone) as Porthos and Luke Evans as Aramis. The Musketeers have since been out of business due to the Cardinals’ body guards, though they sure do enjoy to pick a fight with them. So the day in the life of a musketeer is just fighting with the guards and drinking, sounds fun! So this young kid shows up named D’Artagnan, whose father was a Three Musketeer back in the days. D’s main goal is to one day become a Musketeer as his father once was, but must prove himself in order to do so. Throughout a few blunders, D eventually gets the musketeers back into their vigilante ways of causing mischief and, well, drinking!
The visual effects in this movie were pretty standard for an Anderson movie. You get the big explosions, the slow motion battle moves, as well as hot chicks kicking ass, well, one hot chick. The movie had some pretty funny scenes that definitely made me chuckle, yes I said chuckle. As for the story line, it kind of jumped around a little, but maybe I just missed something.. I mean its a fun movie, just did not have to strong of a story line.
The video comes to you in a crisp 1080p with a 2.35:1 ratio. The one thing that I noticed the most were the vibrate colors. This blu-ray looks fantastic and it shows. Even the CGI laced areas seemed to be well textured and well constructed. They never seemed to be overly done or lifeless (see The Green Lantern). Overall I give this video a definite 5/5. You will not be disappointed.
The audio is in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. Along with the video being pretty perfect, the audio also comes in at a pretty close to perfect. The lossless audio, or at least it seemed lossless, they use is pristine in all aspects. From a personal view, listen, this audio shook my house. There never seemed to be any over play or crackles. The sound was never louder than the voice as to drain out the characters. The battle scenes were well played, with every clink of the swords being heard as well as every slash. As with the video I give it a 5/5
Special Features and Extras
In the special features you get an; Audio commentary (as with most movies), Access: The Three Musketeers, a discussion with the director Paul W.S. Anderson, Orlando Bloom takes on the duke, 17th Century Air Travel, Uncovering France in Germany and Deleted and extended scenes. 4/5
Audio Commentary: This is basically just an interview with the makers of this movie and how they wanted to make it in a futuristic type setting, as well as how much it could cost. Was pretty interesting information, if you really care about it.
Access: The Three Musketeers: This was a pretty cool addition. It was a picture in picture view that had some of the cast explaining parts of the movie as well as other fun stuff to do that played along with the movie. I really have never seen this before. I thought it was kind of cool, as well as non-interruptive if you were watching the movie.
Paul W.S. Anderson Discussion: This was basically just a discussion board with Paul and the cast on how they were trying to revamp the story for a newer generation.
Orlando Bloom Takes on the Duke: Is a brief look at Orlando’s character in the movie.
17th Century Air Travel: Dives into the development and idea of making the flying warships as well as shooting the sky scenes.
Uncovering France in Germany: Discussion on how it was easier to tape the movie in Bavaria.
Deleted and Extended Scenes: You get a little taste of what did not make it as well as some of extended scenes.
Overall I kind of enjoyed this movie. Its a good pickup if you want an actiony type movie with some matrix action. It is rated PG-13 and I think they say shit a few times, so if you do not want your child to watch, you’ve been warned. I give this movie a 3.5/5, OK I’ll give it a 4/5. Well done.