Reel Watchers: Three Musketeers

All for one, one for all!" This remake of the Alexander Dumas novel, released in 1844, is quit the swashbuckling adventure! Although I only recognized one name in the list of stars, they were all very good. The costumes were outstanding as well as the locations (filmed in Germany) and the period hairstyles.

The adventure begins with the Three Musketeers and Milady de Winter (played by Milla Jovovich) finding and stealing Leonardo Di Vinci's plans for his "flying boat" (an actual ship attached to a very large balloon) that they were to turn over to the French. They are double-crossed, however, by the beautiful Milady, who is in cahoots with a dastardly Englishman, Buckingham (Orlando Bloom), and the plans disappear to England.

Then we move to the lovely French countryside where we see a retired Musketeer giving his son, D'Artagnan (Logan Lerman), his last lesson of "How To Become A Musketeer" before sending him off to Paris to become one of the elite guard sworn to protect the throne of France, currently occupied by the teen-aged, ineffective Louis (Freddie Fox).

D'Artagnan, in a manner of minutes upon his arrival in Paris, has antagonized the three current Musketeers (semi-retired because they have nothing to fight for) along with Rochefort, the leader of the devious and ambitious Cardinal Richelieu's guards.

D'Artagnan eventually joins forces with the Three Musketeers - Porthos, Aramis and Athos - and together they save France. The end definitely leaves it open for a sequel, and I would be surprised if one doesn't come out.

Three Miners for Three Musketeers seems appropriate. There were some "laugh-out-loud" moments and the dialog at times was very clever.