There are a couple of movies coming at us based on the legend of The Three Musketeers, so if you need some frame of reference about which Musketeers project today's trailer is promoting - it's the one coming at us (literally) from Paul W.S. Anderson, director of Resident Evil and Death Race.
The trailer features a cast of familiar actors (young and old) having a good enough time, and even Anderson's wife (and Resident Evil star) Milla Jovovich, who doesn't let a billowing period piece costume and corset stop her from kicking ass...all in 3D, of course.
The story we'll be getting in Anderson's Three Musketeers is your basic version of the legend, tweaked for maximum action-movie appeal. Check out the official synopsis:
The hot-headed young D'Artagnan (Logan Lerman) along with three former legendary but now down on their luck Musketeers (Matthew Macfadyen, Ray Stevenson, Luke Evans) must unite and defeat a beautiful double agent (Jovovich) and her villainous employer (Christoph Waltz) from seizing the French throne and engulfing Europe in war.
When you read it like that, this film sounds more like an espionage period piece rather than a straight up action flick. Although, when you see the trailer, you might be left with the same unfortunate impression that I was (I'll explain that after the jump):
So what is my take on this film? Well, at first it looks like it could be a fun Pirates of the Caribbean-style adventure (without the MASSIVE boost of Johnny Depp's charisma), but then we get to those in-your-face 3D sequences and this whole thing starts to feel like Resident Evil 4 all over again. For those who don't get the reference: I'm simply saying that there is absolutely no reason for Milla Jovovich to be doing her best Angelina Jolie in Wanted knee-slide under some elaborate 3D trap while in that questionable period piece costume. In fact, just writing all that made me feel exhausted... I can't imagine what sitting through the full film will be like.
Despite a cast of solid actors like Stevenson, Waltz, Macfadyen and even young up and comers like Logan Lerman and recent addition to The Dark Knight Rises, actress Juno Temple, I'm afraid my early impression is that The Three Musketeers is going to be yet another victim of the style-over-substance failings of the current 3D trend. Oh, and Orlando Bloom is in it, did I mention that? ;-)
We'll find out for sure when The Three Musketeers 3D hits theaters on October 14th.
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