Saturday, February 25, 2017

Leeloo Dallas Multipass in 17th Century France, or Thoughts on Milla Jovovich in The Three Musketeers

If you’ve ever wanted to see Milla Jovovich kicking ass in a princess dress, have I got a movie for you.  As Milady De Winter, Cardinal Richelieu’s spy, a relatively minor role in previous films, the most notable being Faye Dunaway in 1973 (she had glass knives filled with acid!), she’s now elevated to center stage in her director/husband Paul W. S. Anderson’s production of The Three Musketeers (2011).  She gets so much screen time it’s easy to forget that she’s not actually a musketeer. 
The movie follows the same basic plot structure of the original Alexandre Dumas novel, but “updated” with Hong Kong action wire work and steampunk elements including airships, triple bladed swords and double barreled crossbows.  The fight scenes have the slow motion, twisty/Matrix-y aspects that audiences have come to expect, but again, with princess dresses and pirate shirts.  Filmed in Bavaria with excellent production values, it’s easy on the eyes if you’re a fan of 17th Century architecture, interior design and costumes.
Reminiscent of Cutthroat Island (1995) and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) in both style and tone, the movie features a huge cast with Christophe Waltz as Cardinal Richelieu, Orlando Bloom and Luke Evans.  Watch out for Ray Stevenson, who gets a free pass from me for playing Titus Pullo from Rome as Porthos, along with Mad Mikkelssen as Captain Rochefort (he’s the one with the eye patch, a role played to perfection by Christopher Lee in the 1973 film).  Also, James Cordon appears as Planchet. 

my first novel?  thanks for asking:)  it’s a the first book in a 4-volume supernatural martial arts series chock full of killer kung-fu witches, haunted carnivals, punk rock assassins, and a 24-hour diner with the best pie in town…
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