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The Three Musketeers 3D

With the release of Hollywood's 2011 version of The Three Musketeers, it is a good time to dust off Alexandre Dumas' 1844 novel.

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Directed by Paul W. S. Anderson and starring Orlando Bloom, Milla Jovovich, Luke Evans, Ray Stevenson, Matthew MacFayden and Logan Lerman, The Three Musketeers 3D "is an enjoyable romp reminiscent of some of Hollywood's Golden Age excursions" (CineVue). Ebert Presents praises the action packed film, telling moviegoers that "if you want over-the-top entertainment that doesn't respect the laws of physics, you can't do better than this."

However, if you are looking for a faithful adaptation of Dumas' novel then you will be disappointed. According to Movie Cynics "The film’s story is a bundle of clichés wrapped in historical inaccuracies and sprinkled with straight up rip-offs of other action films. D’Artagnan even asks the local bully to apologize to his horse, just like Clint Eastwood in “Fistful of Dollars.” All told, it rips off nearly every major action franchise in the last 40 years, from “Raiders of the Lost Ark” to “Pirates of the Carribean.” The attempt to tell an original story is clearly less important to the filmmakers than random stylized action and trite one-liners."

File 235There is no question that a seventeenth century automatic rapid-fire cannon would be great to see on the big screen, but there is something to be said for picking up the original novel and experiencing the swashbuckling-spirited adventure for yourself.

The novel is available in Paperback, Hardcover or on the Kindle.

 

 

 

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