It’s possible that Paul W.S. Anderson’s The Three Musketeers will be the smartest adaptation of the novel yet. This trailer doesn’t help the odds of that possibility.
What it does show is plenty of fighting, some beautiful explosions, and Milla Jovovich awkwardly spinning with Shirley Temple curls in her hair.
Hand-cranked flame thrower? Flying war ship? Buckled swash? These are all great things, and this trailer has them in spades and fleur de lis.
Check it out:
How about Ray Stevenson’s deep throated exposition being your guide?
So, yes. This looks like typical Paul W. S. Anderson fare, and Jovovich looks blissfully out of place in any film that doesn’t take place in the future, but that might not be a bad thing. If it sticks to action and minimizes the stupid when things aren’t exploding, this could be a ridiculously fun movie.
That would go against Anderson’s track record, but the guy’s due for a win at some point, right? I want to stay optimistic, but I remember feeling similarly about the Jonah Hex trailer. Old-style implements used for modern-day sized action are great. Then there’s the other 70% of the movie to worry about including, you know, characters talking and stuff.
Fingers crossed that it won’t be too moronic.
What say you?
Editor’s Note: I originally, accidentally, typed out Paul T. Anderson’s name (because I find it difficult to acknowledge PWSA’s existence). That would have been a far different movie with fewer explosions and more frogs falling from the sky.