Three Musketeers Reviews

A Few More Macfadyen comments from critics

Mia was able to compile some comments from the multitude of reviews that have been published about The Three Musketeers:

-Of the Three Musketeers, who voice their motto, “All for one, one for all,” several times in the movie without sincerity, only Matthew Macfadyen’s Athos exhibits the semblance of a personality.-

-Matthew Macfadyen plays Athos, and his cask-of-aged-port voice is the movie’s best special effect.-

-Waltz is naturally superb as baddie Richelieu, as is Mad Mikklesen as the leader of his guard but MacFadyen was the draw for me. Love the MacF and it was nice beyond words to see him playing an action hero.-

Vancouver Sun Review of The Three Musketeers

Loved the following portion of the review from the Vancouver Sun:

At a very basic level, this film will appeal to tweens the world over, because it shows a young person doing incredible things in a credible way. But what makes this piece of matinee fluff a little bit more fun than your average poofy-pants movie is the veteran cast that includes British character actors Luke Evans, Matthew Macfadyen and Ray Stevenson - Aramis, Athos and Porthos, respectively.

These three men can generate so much depth of emotion in such short strokes, we have to stand back and give them room to move. Every turn of phrase seems to come with a matching twist of the knife, ensuring all the physical swordplay is matched by verbal shadow moves.

There's endless winks to genre, but Macfadyen deserves a little extra praise for really selling the subplot of the double-dealing romantic interest, played by Milla Jovovich, in yet another scenery-swallowing encounter. Macfadyen almost tears up when the woman he loves sells him out for diplomatic immunity and a diamond necklace.

Matthew-centric Reviews from the UK, Spain and France!

This is one of my favourite posts.  Posting reviews where Matthew Macfadyen is the focus.  Darcylicious brought you reviews from Germany and Austria, and now I have the pleasure to bring you some reviews from Spain,  France and the UK! Ladies and Gents, he's worth it and the movie is a big success in the forum.

Here are some of the comments:

Jane (England): I thought Matthew was just perfect as Athos... his wonderful voice was so well employed, and he looked so handsome

Carmen (Spain): I watched the film for the second time on Sunday. I enjoyed it as much as I did the first time in San Sebastian.  ...the film is great fun.

Smitten (England): D[ear] H[husband] said that he thought that Matthew was very good at the straight, dead-pan humour and that he would have been a good foil to Corden's usual character.
All in all I would recommend it as a good, fun-filled, tongue-in-cheek romp, with plenty to keep everyone happy, not just those of us who were there just to drool at Matthew.

Emanuelle (France): MM's really just perfect, the best, IMHO. Gives real presence and feelings to his character. And the fight scene  in slo-mo at the beginning is just [thudworthy]

Angelic (Scotland):  There are two actors that stand out from the others: M[atthew] M[acfadyen] but it's not his fault, he's too charismatic for the others to handle, and he has this "intense" way to play a role. He really stole the show.

Thank you, everyone!

More reviews of The Three Musketeers

Here are two more reviews from The Three Musketeers (thanks to Mia):

The Daily Star

...when it comes to pure family entertainment, this version puts many of its more high-minded predecessors to the sword.

His [Anderson] film hurtles along, poking at our eyes with 3D swords and wowing us with outbreaks of swashbuckling and airship battles. He’s aided by some great set and costume design and decent CGI effects.

The cast are pretty solid too. Even James Corden puts in a surprisingly likeable turn as the film’s comedy fatty Planchet.

This is a family film that really does have something for everyone.

Top-notch casting and impressive special effects create a film that will keep fans of good-quality blockbuster entertainment enthused. Collectively, these musketeers generate an engaging and likable screen presence while the hunktastic Lermon anchors proceedings brilliantly.

The Mirror's Review of The Three Musketeers

The Mirror has come out with their Three Musketeers review and here is the verdict:

Good old-fashioned swashbuckling thrills’n’spills, plus an added dose of 3D and special-effects, are the name of the game with this thoroughly enjoyable version of the ­much-filmed French classic... and a fine ­adventure romp it is too.

The special-effects are impressive, costumes terrific and the film moves at such a lively pace that you don’t mind the silly plot.

The Three Musketeers is a cracking piece of old-fashioned swashbuckling ­entertainment... and all the better for it.

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