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Classics never die they are only transformed and Paul W.S. Anderson’s re make of Alexander Duma’s novel The Three Musketeers is the perfect example.
The plot follows Dumas’ novel to some extent: centered around D’Artagnan, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, the film follows the Musketeers as they uncover secret plots, upset the local bureaucracy and rescue damsels in distress while battling in flying zeppelins and Matrix like slow-mo combat scenes.
The cast is impressive and veterans such as Christopher Waltz in the role of Cardinal Richelieu give depth and credibility to the story. Orlando Bloom is charming in his small role as the Duke of Buckingham and the Musketeers themselves prove their on screen chemistry throughout the film.
The real comic revelations, however, are Freddie Fox as King Louis XIII and James Cordon as manservant Planchet. Fox’s portrait of a spoiled young monarch more concerned with his wardrobe than the prospect of war is refreshing and innocent and Cordon’s humble yet comical portrait of Planchet delivers some of the film’s most memorable quotes via a Ricky Gervais-esque performance.
The Three Musketeers is entertaining and packed with action; enjoyable for everyone irrespective of age.