ACTION ADVENTURE; 1hr 50min
STARRING: Logan Lerman, Milla Jovovich, Matthew Macfadyen, Ray Stevenson, Luke Evans
Action man: Bloom and Jovovich
Oh to be a musketeer in 17th-century France! Even though Athos (Macfadyen), Porthos (Stevenson) and Aramis (Evans) are at a loose end when Resident Evil director Paul W.S. Anderson’s 3-D knees-up kicks off, they’re still the suavest hombres on any city block. And when they uncover a plan hatched by devious Cardinal Richelieu (Christoph Waltz) and vixenish Milady de Winter (Jovovich) to betray the foppish teenage king (Freddie Fox) they serve, it spurs the lads, with audacious aspiring musketeer D’Artagnan (Lerman) in tow, to get their warrior groove going.
Not only do the foursome pull off a seemingly impossible plan of attack with the cunning and theatricality of the peerless fighters they are, they look pretty darn tasty while they’re doing it. (Ditto Orlando Bloom, all gussied up as the rascally Duke of Buckingham.) Anderson gives history a racy contemporary kick: the off-the-cuff panache of the musketeer swash-and-buckle is as drop-dead cool today as it was in 1844, when author Alexandre Dumas came up with it.