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The Three Musketeers is a 2011 film directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, loosely based on the novel The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. It stars Logan Lerman as D'Artagnan, Matthew Macfadyen, Luke Evans, and Ray Stevenson as the three Musketeers, and Christoph Waltz, Orlando Bloom, Mads Mikkelsen and Milla Jovovich as the villains.

Among the many films of the novel, it stands out by taking the story into an Alternate History setting with elements of Clock Punk. Most notably, it has airships. Otherwise, however, it is a surprisingly faithful take on the novel as far as its adaptations go.


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This film provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Milady de Winter is now a crackshot and an excellent swordfighter.
  • Actionized Adaptation: Not that the original novel is devoid of action, but this movie includes martial arts stunts, airship-to-airship gunfire and the usage of some other innovative weapons.
  • Actor Allusion:
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Inverted. Planchet looks just plain in the book, but he is greatly overweight here.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • D'Artagnan is an excellent swordsman, but he tends to do poorly in close-quarter combat both in the novel and most adaptations. In this movie, however, he is wickedly good at that too. He even shows off some amusingly out-of-place Judo moves, including a tobi juji gatame and an ippon seoi nage.
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    • Porthos is portrayed here as a physical powerhouse who can tear out chains off walls. Moreover, he is so skilled at improvised fighting that he doesn't even need a sword to take on swordfighters.
    • Surprisingly, Richelieu himself is turned into a fighter in this movie, and a sparring scene against four guards at once implies he has little to envy to the musketeers themselves in dueling skills. It even hints he might be better at it than his enforcer Rochefort, the film's greatest fighter, given that Richeliu laughs at him for shadow-sparring alone instead of bringing in multiple opponents like him. However, in a subversion, he ends up having no real fighting scenes, instead trusting on Rochefort to do the dirty work.
    • While Milady de Winter did have some fight scenes in the book, she is made here a full fledged Action Girl with Classy Cat-Burglar overtones.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • The Duke of Buckingham is a honorable man in the original book, while this version is much more devious and doesn't play by any rules.
    • The same treatment is given to Captain Rochefort, who in the novel is a Worthy Opponent that ends up striking a Defeat Means Friendship with D'artagnan. In this movie, he is much more ruthless and amoral, as well as a borderline troll Combat Pragmatist.
    • Richelie is also made more evil, given that his novel version was an Anti-Villain.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Athos here is almost a Deconstruction of his mindset from the book. He is so jaded by his experience with Milady de Winter that he opines saving the girl is more important than saving France.
  • Adapted Out: Monsieur de Treville doesn't appear in the movie. Given that the point of the film is precisely that the musketeers have been officially disbanded, making the titular three act entirely by themselves, the absence of their superior in the force becomes somewhat justified.
  • Adorkable: King Louis is a massive dork, and being much more interested in fashion than politics doesn't help.
  • Always Save the Girl: Double Subverted. D'Artagnan is initially willing to sacrifice Constance, saying their mission to save France is more important. Athos encourages him to try to save her so he doesn't become a lonely and bitter man like him after he lost Milady.
  • Artistic License – Engineering: Unless Richelieu's guards managed to fix the crashed airship before all the lifting gas left the balloon, so they could maneuver it to dislodge from the bell tower, the sheer unlifted weight of the damn thing would end up crushing the tower and wrecking the entire building. That it didn't do it back when it landed bluntly on top is already a miracle.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Richelieu spars with three Mooks at once in one scene and does pretty well. A comparison is done with Rochefort, who shadow-fights alone and is taunted by Richelieu for it.
  • Automatic Crossbows: Athos uses an interesting variation that features multiple crossbow arms in a radial design.
  • Avoiding the Great War: 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.
  • Bare-Handed Blade Block: D'Artagnen blocks Rochefort's sword with the back of his hand and later catches it. Both feats leave his hand bloody.
  • Batman Gambit: Richelieu's makes up the plot, so the Musketeers counter with their own Kansas City Shuffle; Milady knows what they'd normally do, 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 Cool Airship, 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!
  • Battle Couple: Athos and Milady, before her Face–Heel Turn.
  • Badass Beard: This movie is filled with badass beards and Badass Mustaches.
  • Beneath Notice: Used to great effect by Planchet.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: A rare example of Milady playing two sides, ending up as a potential duumvirate with either Richelieu or Buckingham. She goes with the latter.
  • Bittersweet Ending: On the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism, this movie ends fairly high on the side of idealism. Sure, Richelieu's a Karma Houdini, 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. However, Milady's Not Quite Dead, and she and Buckingham are on route to France with an entire warfleet. Of course - Brits may cheer at that!
  • Camp Straight: Louis XIII. He exudes a crapload of subtext with D'Artagnan at the beginning of the movie, but it's revealed later on that he is genuinely in love with his Queen, he just Cannot Spit It Out. However, historians think Louis may have been bisexual, so he might have been interested in D'Artagnan as well anyway.
  • The Chessmaster: Richelieu, of course; he also uses Chess Motifs a lot throughout the movie.
  • Chew-Out Fake-Out: 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. Or there'll be none of them left."
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Richelieu knows full well that Milady is capable of this, being such a Wild Card, and reminds her that he's more than willing to see she's Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves if she even thinks of betraying him.
  • Cigar-Fuse Lighting: Porthos does this during the assault on the Tower of London.
  • Clock Punk: The setting predates the steam engine, so... Besides the airships, there's scuba gear and automatic mortars.
  • Combat Pragmatist:
    • 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. After doing the latter throughout an earlier fight scene, the mere act of partly drawing his blade scares the few remaining mooks away.
    • For the villains, Rochefort takes the cake by far. His first "duel" with D'Artagnan ends abruptly when he shoots him with a pistol 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.
  • Costume Porn: Nearly everyone, and King Louis and Buckingham's outfits are especially fabulous.
  • The Dandy: Almost every important character sports fancy clothes at some point, but King Louis seems the most concerned about them.
  • Death by Adaptation: Rochefort dies in the next book, but here he dies at the end of the story, as per the film adaptation tradition.
  • Disney Villain Death: Milady which turns out to be a Disney Death.
  • The Dragon: Rochefort.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: The Musketeers are doing this after being betrayed by Milady... or they would do, if they had any money.
  • Elite Army: This version takes this and the Praetorian Guard aspects of the Musketeers played up in other movies Up to Eleven, so much they're essentially royal special forces or a full-fledged secret service. Also the three Musketeers make up the entire corps, until D'Artagnan makes four.
  • The Heavy: Milady, whose treachery set the whole plot in motion to begin with.
  • High-Dive Escape: Milady does this rather than be shot on the airship.
  • Historical Badass Upgrade: Leonardo da Vinci (post mortem), Buckingham, and Cardinal Richelieu.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade:
  • I Have This Friend...: King Louis invokes this when having a guy talk with D'Artagnan. D'Artagnan obviously realizes the truth but plays along because it's the King, and it is implied the King realizes this too and simply elects not to break the illusion out of embarrassment.
  • I Kiss Your Hand:
  • I Know You Know I Know:
    • 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. 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.
    • King Louis and D'Artagnan's talk about love and women has also shades of this when the King uses a rather flimsy I Have This Friend... approach.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: On a very huge scale - a galleon-sized airship gets impaled on the largest spire of the Notre Dame cathedral!
  • It's Personal: It certainly is with Athos.
    Milady: You didn't kill Buckingham, but you'll kill me?
    Athos: Yes... I don't hate Buckingham.
  • Kick Chick: Milady does several spinning kick feints in her fight scenes.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Milady with the booby-trapped vault corridor.
  • Large Ham: 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.
  • Layman's Terms: When Aramis gives D'Artagnan a ticket, including a Translation Convention joke.
    Aramis: Failure to remove animal bowel movements from public area.
    D'Artagnan: French.
    Aramis: Your horse took a dump on the street.
  • Master Swordsman: Obviously many, but oddly enough, the Combat Pragmatist Rochefort seems to be the best example in the film. He dominates his climatic battle with D'Artagnan, who is already easily on par with the Musketeers in skill.
  • Monumental Battle:
    • The Musketeers busting D'Artagnan out of the Tower of London. (Via airship!)
    • The airships end up fighting rather close to the Notre Dame in Paris. ( As it turns out, a bit TOO close for one of them...) And then, D'Artagnan and Rochefort continue with swashbuckling on its roof.
  • Monumental Damage:
    • 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. (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.
  • Never Bring a Knife to a Gun Fight: Early in the movie D'Artagnan learns this lesson, and barely survives it, when Rochefort shoots him during their first duel.
  • Sequel Hook: Milady survived and Buckingham now has a whole army of airships to fight back. Obviously a setup for The Four Musketeers.
  • Sixth Ranger Traitor: Milady double-crosses the titular Musketeers, her former partners, leading to their downfall.

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