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The Three Musketeers

The hot-headed young D`Artagnan (Logan Lerman) must unite with three formerly legendary but now down-on-their-luck Musketeers to prevent a beautiful double agent and her villainous employer from seizing the French throne and engulfing Europe in war.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 26 Oct 2011
Genre: Action / Adventure / Romance
Running Time: 1 Hour 50 Minutes
Distributor: SHAW ORGANISATION
Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Orlando Bloom, Matthew Macfadyen, Ray Stevenson, Christoph Waltz, Milla Jovovich, Juno Temple, Luke Evans, James Corden
Director: Paul W. S. Anderson
Format: NA

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Review
Writer: Syahida Kamarudin

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Watch this if you liked: “Sherlock Holmes”, “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “The Man in the Iron Mask”.

Yes, it is very weird when the overall rating for this movie is only 2.5 stars despite the many stars given for the cast, plot and effect rating. But that sums up what "The Three Musketeers" is all about. It's bombastic but boring. It has an idea but poor execution. It's a beautiful mess, but a mess all the same.

This is the movie that is great to watch on 3D. The picture quality is terrific, and the cinematography is twice as magnificent from the ordinary. Each and every sword fight and effects can be experienced with bigger magnitude, especially scenes between the unique warships.

It's not really fair to compare this Paul W. Anderson's work with a much more solid work of Randall Wallace's "The Man in the Iron Mask" (1998). For one, Wallace made a serious film with a fine cast. This "Resident Evil" franchise director however, is much more interested in making antediluvian slow-motion shots that was supposed to bid farewell together with "The Matrix" series.

Anderson's interpretation of the musketeers is almost comical and over-the-top. It's like a drugged C-rated combination of Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes" (2009) and Gore Verbinski's "Pirates of the Caribbean" (2003). Milla Jovovich's character is too much like Rachel McAdams' Irene Adler of "Sherlock Holmes" but less lady-like and too much like her "Ultraviolet" character. Freddie Fox looks more like fashion designer John Galliano than King Louis XIII and Orlando Bloom is too painful to watch.

Most frustrating however is Matthew Macfadyen. As one of Britain's talented stage actor, his Athos is brooding much and the background story between Athos and his love for Milady is too fast and patched up that it fails to attract audiences. The lines trying too much to be witty and the ending - where everybody's front is facing the camera, made it feel like an early 90s Tamil movie or a TVB drama where it all ends happily ever after. Not in any way bad, but not a classy move for a Hollywood film.

However, if you are the kind of person who loves Paul WS Anderson's take on "Resident Evil", you will love this.

Cinema Online, 07 October 2011
   
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Classification
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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