Hello Sidekicks!

The 3 Musketeers (2011) is one of the most challenging movies that I have deciphered so far, not because it is good or bad, but because there are a lot of elements to take in consideration.

Before we get into deep waters, lets start from the basic. Who directed it?

The 3 Musketeers is the newest film from director Paul W. S. Anderson (same director from the Resident Evil Films) employing once again 3D cameras, and bringing his wife (Milla Jovovich) as one of the stars in the film. 

The movie itself looks like reminisces of the Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean in terms of direction, treatment and humor. Even when the story is completely different, it still follows the same structure.

Marketed as a family oriented film, The 3 Musketeers successfully brings to the big screen an entertainment action package story with modern characters, which works quite well compared with previous treatment related films such “Red Riding Hood”.

The BIG issues of this film are the title and to whom exactly the film is targeted. Fans of the  3 Musketeers classics or a new generation? – Just because 3 characters are set on play with well known names doesn’t necessary make them the 3 Musketeers. Only when their personalities and characteristics are completely developed, creating some connection from the classic story, only then we can say “these are the 3 Musketeers”.

I had a hard time trying to figure out if the story was about the 3 Musketeers, MillaJovovich been a double agent or the introduction of the young Logan Lerman as D’Artagnan with a cocky personality. I didn’t know exactly who was the main character in the whole film.

One of the things that I learned in my screenwriting classes back in college was to be able to identify the main character in the first 20 minutes of the film, and understand that the side characters help to develop the story but can’t never be taken as the one who leads the story. With that in mind, was this a Milla Jovovich film? or a 3 Musketeers film? –

My recommendation: Go to see it in theaters ONLY if you are not expecting to see reminisces of the old classic, but something completely new and fresh.

That’s old for tonight sidekicks!