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The Three Musketeers Blu-ray review

Paul W.S. Anderson updates the Alexandre Dumas novel
by Matthew Price Published: April 13, 2012

‘The Three Musketeers'

Paul W.S. Anderson brings his “Resident Evil” experience — and star — to a modern, steampunk retelling of Alexandre Dumas' “The Three Musketeers,” and while the results are uneven, the film does have its moments of joy.

Anderson's never going to be a critical favorite, and this is true even for his foray into a classic literature adaptation. The film reminds one primarily of a film like “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,” which also mashed up genre pieces and literary characters and was roundly dismissed by critics.

Milla Jovovich, Anderson's wife and the star of the “Resident Evil” films, is probably the best bit of adventure in the “Musketeers” remake, playing Milady de Winter. In this “Musketeers,” she's a sword-fighting dervish of action. It's not strictly literary canon, though it's fun to watch.

The film goes for cannon over canon, as Anderson has added Miyazaki-esque airships and sky battles to his Dumas adaptation.

The Musketeers of the title are Athos (Matthew Macfadyen), Porthos (Ray Stevenson) and Aramis (Luke Evans). Following a failed mission, they're disbanded by Cardinal Richelieu (Christoph Waltz).

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by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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