Posted on Friday, October 21st, 2011 by Russ Fischer
You might have seen the trailers for Paul W.S. Anderson‘s version of The Three Musketeers, naturally shot in 3D, and been left wondering if the movie is really for you. The film is on screens today, and to aid you in making the crucial ticket-buying decision the first few minutes of the film have landed online. They’re not in 3D, but I think you’ll get the idea anyway.
Let’s take an inventory. Here we’ve got improbably crossbows, two failed attempts at romantically witty repartee, a bit of Assassin’s Creed cosplay, freeze-frame character introductions that would have been dated a week after Snatch came out, and some Hudson Hawk-level silliness involving Leonardo Da Vinci. All things considered, I think I’ll just stay home at watch Hudson Hawk one more time.
I’ll admit that I do like the jokiness of a character asking Orlando Bloom’s character “who are you?” to which he replies by throwing back his hood and pausing for his namecard to splash across the screen. Was he answering her, or the audience? And Ray Stevenson, as Porthos, looks like he does the best job of putting across a strong, confident and fun character.
Apple has the clip in HD. The Three Musketeers features Logan Lerman, Milla Jovovich, Matthew Macfadyen, Ray Stevenson, Luke Evans, Mads Mikkelson, Gabriella Wilde, Juno Temple, Orlando Bloom, and Christoph Waltz.
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