Set in 17th Century France, Alexandre Dumas’ classic tale of The Three Musketeers has kept readers fascinated for nearly two centuries – and viewers just as long, first through productions of the tale on stage and later on screen. Recently, the novel/film has been remade in full postmodernist glory, featuring a stellar cast that includes Orlando Bloom, Logan Lerman and Milla Jovovich, and shot in full fantastical 3D.
While some might think it’s too early to see another modern adaptation of the Musketeers, considering it was only in 1993 when Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland and Chris O’Donnell graced our screens to play the husky trio of heroes, others can’t seem to get enough of the baudy, adventurous tale. Blame it on the popularity of dark, twisted cinema like the Pirates Of The Caribbean series and the Twilight franchise, but the new incarnation of The Three Musketeers just seems to fit in perfectly with the popular zeitgeist.
That said, director Paul W.S. Anderson’s take, in which the musketeers must band together to prevent a pending apocalypse, is ballsier, sexier, and more tongue-in-cheek than any version before it. Don’t believe us? Then view the trailer by clicking on the image below.
‘The Three Musketeers’ is available on DVD and Blu-ray through Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.