Paul W.S. Anderson isn’t known for his subtlety (see any of his Resident Evil movies), but the new trailer for his upcoming take on The Three Musketeers may take the cake for eye-popping, utterly ridiculous, completely over-the-top action.
Like the first trailer for The Three Musketeers, this new trailer offers a decidedly new vision of Alexandre Dumas’ classic novel. And by new, I mean ridiculous. In a mere two minutes, the trailer shows off a massive aerial battle (with authentic 17th century pirate ship/blimps), flamethrowers, explosions, and more slow motion than a sports highlight reel.
As easy as it is to dismiss The Three Musketeers for its cartoonish action, there are definitely redeemable qualities to the film. For instance, it’s fun to see Orlando “You Can Tell I’m Evil Because of my Facial Hair” Bloom sneering and chewing up lines about “war machines.” Likewise, it’s always enjoyable to see the beautiful Milla Jovovich in action.
Still, I wonder if audiences will be interested in this new take on the well-known story. The 2001 film The Musketeer was a memorable flop, despite its attempts to modernize the novel with a heaping dose of kung-fu action. Could The Three Musketeers suffer the same fate?
And then there’s the whole 3D issue. At Comic-Con last year, Paul W.S. Anderson made a big deal out of the fact that Resident Evil: Afterlife was filmed in 3D, rather than post-converted. However, the final result was still less than impressive, because of the gimmicky way the film used the 3D.
Judging by the first two trailers, The Three Musketeers is going to feature the same kind of gimmicky 3D, and that’s a huge risk. Transformers 3 might prove otherwise, but we get the feeling that moviegoers are beginning to reject 3D. By the time The Three Musketeers comes out in October, will people be tired enough of 3D to avoid the film? Let us know what you think in the comments.
The Three Musketeers 3D hits theaters on October 14th.