The Three Musketeers opening five minutes
I can't cry foul too much at the opening five minutes of The Three Musketeers because there's no over use of 3D, the flying boats aren't in there yet, and it isn't overusing the Resident Evil fight scenes either. Oh, and if you're confused let me tell you that all that comes later during the film.
Yes this is a Three Musketeers film that seems to have embraced the Wild Wild West ideas, but to be fair in the opening five minutes there's a real intention to try and remind you of the fun characters and story that we had from the previous films.
That said, there's still the underwater ninja musketeer with strange looking weapons, there are still elaborate mechanical devices that were conveniently made up by scriptwriters ages ago to give some modern visual spice to the old medieval stories but never really existed, and...well there's more to come.
What I am happy about is the opening does try and stay close to the original feel of the film and characters, and for that I am thankful. Of course there's a long way to go and I think when the circus begins we'll start losing that rapidly, but for now it does look okay.
Here's the blurb for The Three Musketeers (we've stopped adding 3D on the end I believe):
"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."
Here are the opening five minutes which you can also see over at Apple Trailers through Latino Review. I can't say I'm sold on the film and I really don't want to see it, I'd rather get the older ones out and have a damn good entertaining time watching them. No flying ships, 3D, elaborate traps, slow motion martial arts and underwater ninjas in that film.