The Three Musketeers 3D trailer arrives
Oh dear me, thankfully the memory of the 1973 Richard Lester The Three Musketeers is still so close to my heart I can't even consider that this version is going to come close, and I think the moment it lost it for me was when the Wild Wild West moments began and we saw a world filled with silly inventions, or perhaps it was the Musketeers mentioning the "oncoming apocalypse", or the Resident Evil fight sequences.
Take your pick, but this is far from the Musketeers films and it's looks a very poor attempt at recreating the magic of those original three films.
Richard Lester directed Oliver Reed, Richard Chamberlain and Michael York in three excellent films, 1973 The Three Musketeers, 1974 The Four Musketeers and 1989 The Return of the Musketeers, and surrounded them with an equally amazing cast from Faye Dunaway to Christopher Lee, Frank Finlay to Raquel Welch. Hilarious, lot's of heart, and great performances. These films were magical.
Looking at the trailer for The Three Musketeers 3D from Paul W.S. Anderson stars Matthew MacFadyen, Luke Evans and Ray Stevenson as the Musketeers and Logan Lerman as D'Artagnan, with Christoph Waltz, Orlando Bloom, Mads Mikkelsen, Luke Evans and Til Schweiger, oh and of course, Milla Jovovich.
It starts going bad for me with the mention of apocalypse, something that seems a little harsh for the events of the time, and then the slow motion fight scene with Jovovich followed by the flying ship, the circular cannon machine, and...well that killed it for me.
There was a blast of something at the end with the talk of the killing of the forty men and the action behind it, there a taste of the original action-adventure that was throughout those the Lester Musketeers, here it seems to be more concerned with cool machines and weapons, Wild Wild West in Europe.
Here's a blurb for the new film, oh and did I say it was in 3D?
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).
So sounds pretty much as per expected, the trailer doesn't though.
You can also see it over at Apple Trailers in high definition Quicktime, but really, why would you? Go see the three Richard Lester Musketeer films instead.