''The Three Musketeers'' is a 2011 film directed by Creator/PaulWSAnderson, loosely based on the novel ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'' by Creator/AlexandreDumas. It stars Creator/LoganLerman as D'Artagnan, Matthew Macfadyen, Creator/LukeEvans, and Creator/RayStevenson as the three Musketeers, and Creator/ChristophWaltz, Creator/OrlandoBloom, Creator/MadsMikkelsen and Creator/MillaJovovich as the villains.

Among the [[TheThreeMusketeers many]] film adaptations of the novel, it stands out by taking the story into an AlternateHistory setting with elements of ClockPunk. Most notably, it has [[ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld airships]].

!!This film provides examples of:

%%* AbsoluteCleavage: Pretty much every female character sports a push-up corset
%%* ActionGirl: Milady de Winter.
* AdaptationalVillainy: The Duke of Buckingham.
%%* {{Adorkable}}: King Louis and Queen Anne.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: [[spoiler: DoubleSubverted. D'Artagnan is initially willing to sacrifice Constance, saying their mission to save France is more important. Athos encourages him to save her so he doesn't become a lonely and bitter man like him after he lost Milady.]]
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Richelieu spars with three {{Mooks}} at once in one scene.
* AvoidingTheGreatWar: This film contains perhaps the earliest example of this trope as far as the time period goes. The villains were trying to start a war among the empires of Europe. While the dialogue focuses on the continent, the idea is still the same, not to mention that a war of the European powers at the time would have likely included colonies in Asia, Africa, and the Americas.
* BareHandedBladeBlock: D'Artagnen blocks Rochefort's sword with the back of his hand and later catches it. Both feats leave his hand bloody.
* BatmanGambit: Richelieu's makes up the plot, so the Musketeers counter with their own KansasCityShuffle; [[spoiler: Milady knows what they'd normally do, [[IKnowYouKnowIKnow and they know she knows]], so they decide to send D'Artagnan in as a decoy to get Buckingham cocky enough to let down his guard so the other musketeers can steal Buckingham's CoolAirship, which they can then use to kidnap Milady, who sure will have the jewels they need because she would never trust anyone else to keep them!]]
* BattleCouple: Athos and Milady, before her FaceHeelTurn.
* BadassBeard: This movie is filled with badass beards and {{Badass Mustache}}s.
* BeneathNotice: Used to great effect by [[spoiler: Planchet.]]
* BigBadDuumvirate: A rare example of Milady playing two sides, ending up as a potential duumvirate with either Richelieu or Buckingham. [[spoiler:She goes with the latter.]]
* BittersweetEnding: On the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, this movie ends fairly high on the side of Idealism; [[spoiler: sure, Richelieu's a KarmaHoudini, but his plot failed, the Musketeers have renewed confidence in themselves and their work, and King Louis hints that he's going to start taking his job a lot more seriously]]. Oh, and [[spoiler: Milady's NotQuiteDead, and she and Buckingham are on route to France with [[OhCrap an entire warfleet]] Of course - Brits may cheer at that!. ]]
* CampStraight: Louis XIII. At first he exudes a crapload of HoYay at the beginning of the movie, but it's revealed later on that he genuinely cares for his Queen, he just CannotSpitItOut, though historians think Louis may have been [[BiTheWay bisexual]], so he might have been interested in D'Artagnan as well anyway.
* TheChessmaster: Richelieu, of course; he also uses ChessMotifs a '''lot''' throughout the movie.
* ChewOutFakeOut: the King's first (on-screen) meeting with the Three Plus One Musketeers. Richelieu seethes while the King ''rewards'' them for it.
-->"Oh, and, yes, before I forget: no more fighting with His Eminence's guards. [[BaitAndSwitch Or there'll be none of them left.]]"
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Richelieu knows full well that Milady is capable of this, being such a WildCard, and reminds her that he's more than willing to see she's RewardedAsATraitorDeserves if she even thinks of betraying him.
* CigarFuseLighting: Porthos does this during the assault on the Tower of London.
* ClockPunk: The setting predates the [[SteamPunk steam engine]], so... Besides the airships, there's scuba gear and automatic mortars.
* CombatPragmatist: Many, but Porthos stands out among the Musketeers. He only gets his sword out by the final act, smacking enemies around by any number of ways for the rest of the film.
** For the villains, [[TheDragon Rochefort]] takes the cake by far. His first "duel" with D'Artagnan ends abruptly when he shoots him the second he turns back around. He tries to do the same thing towards the end.
--> '''D'Artagnan:''' Afraid to face me in a fair fight?
--> '''Rochefort:''' No, I just don't fight fair.
* CostumePorn: Nearly everyone, and King Louis and Buckingham's outfits are especially fabulous.
* TheDandy: Almost every important character [[CostumePorn sports fancy clothes]] at some point, but King Louis seems the most concerned about them.
* DeathByAdaptation: Rochefort.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Milady [[spoiler: which turns out to be a DisneyDeath. ]]
* TheDragon: Rochefort.
* DrowningMySorrows: The Musketeers are doing this after being betrayed by Milady... or they would do, [[BrokeEpisode if they had any money]].
* EliteArmy: This version takes this and the PraetorianGuard aspects of the Musketeers played up in other movies UpToEleven so that they're essentially royal Special Forces. Also the three Musketeers make up the entire corps, until D'Artagnan makes four.
%%* EvilBrit: Buckingham
* FightingDirty: Turns out Rochefort figured the winner in GunsVsSwords: guns win.
* TheHeavy: Milady, whose treachery set the whole plot in motion to begin with.
* HighDiveEscape: Milady does this rather than be shot on the airship.
* HistoricalBadassUpgrade: Leonardo da Vinci (post mortem), Buckingham, and Cardinal Richelieu.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Duke of Buckingham - from incompetent CampStraight (bordering Camp Bisexual) to Badass MagnificentBastard to rival Richelieu. Being played by Creator/OrlandoBloom certainly helped.
** You'd think the same applies to Richelieu, but, looking at the guy's [[MagnificentBastard real-life career]], his plot in this film fits right in.
* IHaveThisFriend: King Louis invokes this when having a guy talk with D'Artagnan. D'Artagnan plays along, because it's ''the King''.
* IKissYourHand: Slight {{subversion}} with Richelieu; everyone but the King and Queen has to kiss his ring after an audience, because [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kissing_traditions#Kissing_a_bishop.27s_ring that's what you have to do to a Cardinal]]; he often uses it as a way of letting people know he's done talking to them.
** Buckingham amps this UpToEleven. Then again, he amps '''[[LargeHam everything]]''' UpToEleven...
* IKnowYouKnowIKnow: The break-in at the Tower of London takes this to amusing levels. Milady, who's worked with them in the past, knows their methods, and can give Buckingham the information. They know she knows their methods and will tell Buckingham. She knows they know she knows and will tell Buckingham. [[spoiler: The English capture D'Artagnan, who she knew they'd use to infiltrate while the others acted as decoys, assuming she wouldn't take him into account. Turns out, they knew she'd do that, he's the decoy, and they do something completely different.]]
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: On a very huge scale - [[spoiler:a galleon-sized airship gets impaled on the largest spire of the Notre Dame cathedral]]!
* ItsPersonal: It certainly is with Athos.
-->'''Milady:''' You didn't kill Buckingham, but you'll kill me?\\
'''Athos:''' Yes... I don't hate Buckingham.
* LeeroyJenkins: Milady with the booby-trapped vault corridor.
* LargeHam: Orlando Bloom quite clearly is having a grand old time. Then again, much of the cast looks like they're having a lot of fun. Even ''Milla'', of all people. Intriguingly, Christoph Waltz averts this as Richelieu, a historically prize ham role.
* LaymansTerms: When Aramis gives D'Artagnan a ticket, including a TranslationConvention joke.
-->'''Aramis:''' Failure to remove animal bowel movements from public area.
-->'''D'Artagnan:''' French.
-->'''Aramis:''' Your horse took a dump on the street.
* MasterSwordsman: Obviously, but oddly enough, [[CombatPragmatist Rochefort]] seems to be the best example in the film. He totally dominates his climatic battle with D'Artagnan, who is easily on par with the Musketeers in his skill.
* MonumentalBattle:
** The Musketeers busting D'Artagnan out of the Tower of London. ([[spoiler: Via airship!]])
** The airships end up fighting rather close to the Notre Dame in Paris. ([[spoiler: As it turns out, a bit TOO close for one of them...]]) And then, D'Artagnan and Rochefort continue with [[{{Swashbuckler}} swashbuckling]] on its roof.
* MonumentalDamage:
** The Musketeers' attack on one particular room in the Tower of London must have caused at least some destruction to this part of the building. ([[spoiler:In any case, a lot of fire can be seen when they fly away.]])
** Also, the Notre Dame in Paris, at least if some broken off spire tips and shattered roof tiles already count.
* NeverBringAKnifeToAGunFight: Early in the movie D'Artagnan learns this lesson, and barely survives it. See FightingDirty, above.
%%* NoRespectGuy: Planchet.
* NonUniformUniform: None of the Musketeers wear matching outfits.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Pretty much everyone in this movie. The only exception could possibly be Creator/OrlandoBloom (him being British in RealLife and all), and the Austrian Christoph Waltz putting on a mild French accent.
** It could be argued that the accents are a TranslationConvention. Most Parisian characters speak in [[UsefulNotes/BritishAccents Received Pronunciation English accents]], while D'artagnan, a Gascon has Creator/LoganLerman's American accent, as does his father, despite his being played by British actor Dexter Fletcher. And OrlandoBloom, in the role of an actual Englishman, [[IAmVeryBritish plays it up even further.]]
* PoisonedChaliceSwitcheroo: At the beginning; turns out the poison was on the ''goblets''...
* PraetorianGuard: The Musketeers and Cardinal's Guards.
* PragmaticAdaptation: Surprisingly, [[TrailersAlwaysLie in spite of what the trailers implied]], once one gets past stuff like the [[CoolAirship Da Vinci-designed airships]] added for RuleOfCool, the movie follows the plot of the original book relatively closely - especially compared to those movie versions that jettison the original plot completely.
** That's also used for creation of illusion that [[spoiler:Milady]] and Constance were SparedByAdaptation cause [[spoiler: Constance dies after the beginning of the war with England and Protestants]] and Athos needs [[spoiler: an unsuccessful attempt in killing Milady to justify her execution]]. PragmaticAdaptation meets SequelHook.
* RazorFloss: Part of the security measures in Queen Anne's safe.
* RefugeInAudacity: You're [[spoiler: being hunted by the Cardinal's men in an airship that, whilst [[CoolAirship it is cool]], [[SinkingShipScenario is also sinking a bit]] ]]. What are you gonna do? Why, [[spoiler: crash the ship into the Palace gardens, present the King with a document the Cardinal wrote himself which, [[LockedOutOfTheLoop out of context]], makes the Cardinal seem loyal to the throne, making it impossible for him to actually do anything against you without revealing his own dirty work, of course!]]
** Planchet: [[spoiler: dude's threatened with capture, and he just [[BigEater starts grabbing food off a nearby buffet table]]... ]]
* RuleOfCool: Airships, obviously. Taken UpToEleven when one of them gets T-boned by another.
* RunningGag: [[ShuttingUpNow Shut up, Planchet!]]
%%* SceneryPorn
* SequelHook: [[spoiler: Milady survived and Buckingham now has a whole army of airships to fight back.]] Obviously a setup for ''The Four Musketeers''.
* SixthRangerTraitor: Milady double-crosses the titular Musketeers, her former partners, leading to their downfall.
%%* SmugSnake: Buckingham.
* ShoutOut:
** Anderson is a fan of the [[Film/TheThreeMusketeers1973 1973-74 two-part version]] directed by Richard Lester. Like those films, D'Artagnan is introduced sparring with his father, Athos wears all black, and Rochefort has a red outfit with an EyepatchOfPower.
** [[Film/ThePrincessBride "Life is pain, anyone who tells you otherwise is selling something."]] is paraphrased.
** Contortionist burglary scene blatantly copied from Film/{{Entrapment}}.
** "Apologize to my horse" is taken from ''Film/AFistfulOfDollars'' (where it's a mule).
** In the practice duel with his son, the elder D'Artagnan demonstrates the same MutualKill dagger move from an early chapter of ''Literature/{{Dune}}'', to teach him the same lesson.
-->"Look down."
** During the ActionPrologue, Aramis, sporting a hooded cloak that conceals his eyes, leaps off of a roof in a way that's strikingly similar to ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreed''. In the DVD commentary, WordOfGod confirms that this was indeed a reference to the video game.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Constance [[spoiler: and Milady.]]
* StockScream: One is heard twice during the attack on the Tower of London, while a WilhelmScream is heard during the battle of the two airships.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: A mook throws his sword at Aramis, but he grabs another mook and shoves him in the way. Aramis then throws his own sword and kills the first mook instantly.
* TokenRomance: D'Artagnan and Constance.
* UnfoldingPlanMontage: Seen when they break into the Tower of London. Which segways directly into...
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: Milady and Arthos both run their {{Unfolding Plan Montage}}s at the same time, overlapping. But while the audience hears all of Milady's plan, Arthos withholds several crucial details from us, and his is the one that succeeds.
* WhatIf: Done with gusto. Athos as bitter at state ex-MIB leads to the whole new attitude towards women - like lecturing D'Artagnan that saving your true love and enjoying the youth is better that having your life ruined by serving the crown. Total opposite of the personality in book.
* WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: When the Duke of Buckingham visits France in his CoolAirship, King Louis immediately asks why he doesn't have one of those things.
* ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld: {{Justified|Trope}}, as it's revealed to be [[AlternateHistory a secret invention of]] Creator/LeonardoDaVinci.