'The Three Musketeers' Preview Evokes Thoughts Of 'A Disney Stunt Show'by: Posted:
London's Empire BIG SCREEN expo audiences have now tasted director Paul W.S. Anderson's revival of "The Three Musketeers."
Anderson himself - he of the "Resident Evil" movie franchise and both "Alien vs. Predator" flicks - provided a video introduction to the footage, said Comingsoon.com. "All the sword-fighting is real and carried out by real actors," said Anderson.
He then pitched to a scene from the story depicting a battle between the Musketeers and Cardinal Rochefort's men shortly after D'artagnan meets each Musketeer for a duel.
The Comingsoon.com article describes D'artagnan engaging the black tunic-clad guards himself, as Athos, Porthos and Aramis stand aside and watch. In a remark that might not bode well for this latest adaptation of the classic tale, a moment is then described where D'artagnan swings himself "off a wooden structure that looks a lot like something we'd see in a Disneyland Stunt Show, and just like at Disneyland, the structure moves slightly, and then inexplicably stops doing so. Indeed a stunt show is a pretty good description of what we saw – well choreographed, but essentially a bit cheap."
Hmm. As swashbuckling action goes, it doesn't exactly sound like the second coming of "Pirates Of The Caribbean." We'll find out soon enough. Anderson's "The Three Musketeers" stars Logan Lerman, Ray Stevenson and Matthew Macfadyen, Milla Jovovich and Orlando Bloom, and hits theaters nationwide on Oct.14, 2011.
Watch the trailer for "The Three Musketeers":
Watch Paul W.S. Andersen talk about "The Three Musketeers":