How many times can Hollywood remake a classic?
When it comes to THREE MUSKETEERS movies I stopped counting at about 15.
And that’s not even going way back to 1921’s silent version which starred Douglas Fairbanks.
But then, this newest addition doesn’t really qualify in the count. It’s not a Hollywood offering but a German, French and British co-production filmed primarily at Berlin’s fabled UFA Studio now called Studio Babelsberg in Munich, home to such cinematic gems as METROPOLIS and THE BLUE ANGEL.
Here movie maker Paul W.S. Anderson takes time off from the RESIDENT EVIL series to devote his talents to THE THREE MUSKETEERS, an action-filled re-imagination of Alexandre Dumas’ classic in which hot headed young D’Artagnan joins forces with the three veteran musketeers to prevent villainous Cardinal Richelieu from seizing the French throne and engulfing Europe in war.
Along the way facing, among others, King Louis‘ dastardly right hand man The Duke of Buckingham (Orlando Bloom), huge flying boats and derring do sword play in 18th century Europe.
All in what is most likely the biggest budget version of the classic yet.
Not to mention an impressive supporting cast including Oscar winning villain Christoph Waltz as Cardinal Richelieu and Milla Jovovich playing the cunning Milady De Winter.
And even though this latest version seems hipper and is filmed in 3-D, we’re still talking its timeless themes of core values here including romance, friendship and loyalty.
Think of it as THE 3-D MUSKETEERS!
The mega-budget production opens citywide but lets you opt out of those pesky 3-D up-charges by also being available in the regular 2-D format at lower ticket prices. So check 2-D vs. 3-D showtimes carefully at your favorite megaplex.