Certificate 12A, 110 minutes
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Stars: Logan Lerman, Matthew Macfadyen, Ray Stevenson
The Three Musketeers is somewhat loosely based on the book of the same name by Alexandre Dumas, and is only one of many adaptations of the novel. It begins in Venice with the Three Musketeers - Athos (Matthew Macfadyen), Porthos (Ray Stevenson, Big Game, Outpost) and Aramis (Luke Evans) - and Milady (Milla Jovovich, Resident Evil, Resident Evil: Afterlife, Resident Evil: Retribution) are breaking into a secret vault in Venice where the plans of the most dangerous inventions of Leonardo da Vinci are stored. The one they are after depicts plans for an airship. They are betrayed to the Duke of Buckingham (Orlando Bloom, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug).
The film is available in 2D and in 3D, with the 2D version being the one watched. Even though the 2D version was watched, it was possible to spot many scenes that had been shot in such a manner that they would take advantage of the 3D. The film does not depart as far from the plot of the original story as might be thought, as many of the gross plot elements are still there, although the details have been changed and there is a new love interest for D'Artagnan, Constance (Gabriella Wilde). This is The Three Musketeers with added steampunk, although, as this film takes place at the beginning of the seventeenth century, it is set in an earlier period than steampunk usually is, which usually tends to be in the Victorian era. Steampunk does not have to employ steam, even though it usually does, and in this case it primarily means the rather more advanced technologies seen than would be usual for the time, such as the airship.
The characters of the musketeers, as is usually done for the adaptations, have been made more noble than those in the book, with only traces of their original characters coming through when they interact with (abuse) Planchet (James Corden) who is, in the film, the servant of Athos, Porthos and Aramis, although in the novel, he was D'Artagnan's servant.
There is plenty of swashbuckling action and combat, as the musketeers and their new companion show off their sword fighting skills, defeating hordes of the Cardinal's redshirt guards and other foes as they attempt to defeat the plots of the master manipulator. Battle scenes between floating ships add a new element, as do the associated new weapons. The Three Musketeers is certainly not a great film, and the only major changes to the story is the addition of the steampunk, but it is a fun enough film to watch.