The movie is by no means a true adaptation of the classic Alexandre Dumas novel, but instead is a pot of jumbled plotlines, slick fencing action, well crafted comic deliveries and a little bit too much cheese.
The movie reputedly cost $75 million to produce. Milla Jovovich as the stunning Milady, delivers on both the acting and cleavage front (in 3D), while maneuvering some slick Charlie's Angels moves. When you manage to tear your eyes away from her bejeweled corsets, be sure to look out for the delightfully understated delivery by Luke Evans (Aramis).
Unfortunately the director, Paul Anderson, failed to utilize Christoph Waltz (Cardinal Richelieu) and Orlando Bloom (Duke of Buckingham) to their fullest extent. I was disappointed at the one dimensional and at times almost painfully exaggerated dialogue.
On the other hand, the movie deserves full marks for the grandiose sets, costume design and general art direction. The battle scenes were epic, the castles true to form and the battleships simply magnificent (although for a while I began to feel as if I was in a Jerry Bruckheimer movie).
Evidently, bypassing Dumas' original tale and adding his own touch, Anderson intended to cater this film for the general audience. I give this movie a 5/10.
Thanks, you should definitely watch it for the beautiful 3D effects and set design. However, the writing...well...left much to be desired. I'll admit I ended up laughing in a few wrong places! Anyway, it was entertaining in the least.
By Anonymous Wednesday, 19th of October @ 10:53 pm