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Movie Review - The Three Musketeers (2011)

Updated on January 4, 2012

The Three Musketeers


Don't expect too much...

Without giving too much away of the plot, for those planning to watch the movie at the cinema and expecting to see constant action scenes and sword fighting between the musketeers and the King's guards, prepare to be disappointed. The movie fails to provide the action sequences most audiences would expect, with the storyline being fairly average to say the least. The movie does draw a fairly good connection with the concept of the Three Musketeers, following their fights for justice while also identifying the characteristics of each of the musketeers - Athos, Porthos and Aramis. For those ladies who saw the movie posters around the place and trailers displaying Orlando Bloom, don't expect to see too much of him in the movie. My original assumption was that he would be playing the role as one of the musketeers, however, he was left to play a part as The Duke Of Buckingham - far less exciting than a musketeer.

The movie begins with a short explanation of the era and the key characters - namely the Three Musketeers, King Lois, Cardinal Cardinal Richelieu, Rochefort and Milady. One of the opening scenes shows the quest of the Three Musketeers, along with Milady, seeking a scroll which contains hidden plans for the creation of an airship, where by in retrieving the scroll, they're betrayed by Milady and are not again shown as talented swordsmen and musketeers until later in the movie.

With the remainder of the movie set later in history, the story follows the life of D'Artagnan, a young boy who is determind to live the life of a Musketeer, through his arrogance and bravery. In his quest, he succeeds in teaming up with the courageous trio in an attempt to stop the evil plans and demeanour of Cardinal Richelieu - King Lois' trusted adviser and friend.

As you would expect throughout the movie the musketeers are victorious in their endeavours to serve for what is right and just, however, as the movie concludes, we're exposed to the treachery of The Duke Of Buckingham to attack and conquer France, leading us to believe that there will most likely be a sequel.

Overall I rate the movie as a 6/10. It failed to provide an enjoyable and intriguing plot, lacked quality action scenes, focused too much on the jovial King Lois and the romances experienced by the king and D'Artganan in each of their lives, while also failing to reflect the true characters of the Three Musketeers - their quest for justice and their talents as expert swordsmen.


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      Cindy 6 years ago

      Nice review, I saw this movie early this week and thought it was great.

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      Cogerson 6 years ago from Virginia

      I have not seen it yet....but I am sure that the theaters in the states are equally empty....this really seemed like a summer who thought it was a good idea to realize the movie in mid October....has to be second guessing themselves.

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      DeviousOne 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Much appreciated. Thank you. I went with two other people to watch it and only one out of the three of us seemed to enjoy it. I was surprised when I walked in to see that the cinema was so quiet (about 30 people) considering the movie was only released in Australia 2 days prior.

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      Cogerson 6 years ago from Virginia

      Nice review....6 out of 10 is not too bad....I do not think we will have to worry about a sequel as the movie opened horribly in the states....but it is doing well overseas....thanks for sharing your review...I have attached your review to my Top Films of 2011 hub...hope it brings you a little more traffic to your review.