June 28, 2011


Transformers 3: Blowin’ Up Chicago arrives on screens tomorrow so the taste for trashy blockbusters is in the air. The good news is that there are more ridiculous action movies on the way after Michael Bay’s latest ode to slow motion explosions. Today a fresh new trailer for Paul W.S. Anderson’s glossy The Three Musketeers update has arrived online in all its overblown glory. It’s not often that you get to see a trailer that proudly claims to be based on “the classic novel from Alexandre Dumas” only to seconds later show flying ships suspended by hot air balloons that I don’t recall being in the book. Fan of the series or not, this is one of those trailers that you kind of have to see in a “you’re not going to believe this shit” kind of way.

Hit jump to check out the trailer. The film stars Logan Lerman, Milla Jovovich, Matthew Macfadyen, Ray Stevenson, Luke Evans, Mads Mikkelson, Gabriella Wilde, Juno Temple, Orlando Bloom, and Christoph Waltz.  The Three Musketeers opens October 14th.

Here’s the new trailer:

So there you have it. Finally the world will get to see a version of The Three Musketeers with the flamethrowers that Dumas always intended. It looks ridiculous, but ridiculous spectacle is what Paul WS Anderson (Mortal Kombat, Resident Evil) is all about. The guy has once again snuck in an ass-kicking action role for his wife Milla Jovovich and while it’s always fun to watch her do some damage onscreen, it’s a shame that’s all she ever gets to do. When given the chance she always proves to be a strong actress, but she rarely gets that chance. Orlando Bloom also seems to be involved, just in case you were worried that you’d never have to see him again. Nope, fear not. He’s back.

The movie looks undeniably silly, but it’s also openly fluff and not really worth getting riled up about. This is a movie for kids who primarily think of The Three Musketeers as a candy bar. I’m sure flying ships sound pretty great to a 10-year old and at least the rest of us still have the fantastic Richard Lester-directed Three Musketeers movies from the 70s to enjoy. We may as well just let the kids have their fun I suppose.

Here’s the official synopsis for The Three Musketeers:

The hot-headed young D’Artagnan (Logan Lerman) joins forces with three rogue Musketeers (Matthew MacFadyen, Luke Evans and Ray Stevenson) in this reboot of Alexandre Dumas’ story. They must stop the evil Richlieu (Christoph Waltz) and face off with Buckingham (Orlando Bloom) and the treacherous Milady (Milla Jovovich). The action adventure is given a state of the art update in 3-D.


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