December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

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Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

February 18, 2012

The Three Musketeers (2011)

When it's over, I didn't like this adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' classic adventure tale of friendship, loyalty, and deception in France during the reign of King Louie XIII.  This film had it's share of pros and cons with the negative outweighing the positive. 

Here are the pros
- Having Paul W.S. Anderson as director guarantees great action.  His films have always had an element of cohesion and style.
- Notable European actors headlining the cast makes for fun viewing.
- The final sword battle between D'Artagnan and Rochefort was very well choreographed.

Here are the cons:
- I wasn't sold on Milla Jovovich's portrayal of Milady de Winter.  She could have worked harder on an accent.  The costume and the curls made her look "foo-foo-ish."
- I didn't like the Resident Evil slash pirate scenes.  Anderson probably wanted to bring a new look to the film, but I think he should have stayed true to Dumas' vision.
- Young Actor Logan Lerman was unbelievable as D'Artagnan.  Wish his acting was as good as his swordsmanship.  Again, where's the accent? 
- In the book, Cardinal Richelieu is evil and conniving, but the film failed to portray him as such. 

My rating: 2 out of 5


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