Yet another Hollywood remake of Alexandre Dumas’ classic tale, The Three Musketeers? Yawn. But wait! Was that an airship in the trailer?
On the strength of that one bit of steampunkery, I gave the movie a try. Fortunately, my expectations were set low. The writers and producers did tweak the characters and plot a bit, but not as much it seemed while watching. Some updates from the historical fiction, written during France’s Belle Epoch but set during the 1600’s, may have been made to give modern audiences easier access to the story. But the broad brush storyline of young D’Artangan leaving his village to find his fortune in Paris, falling in with the famous trio, and getting the girl while helping the Crown actually holds true to the main points Dumas hung his tale upon.
The wild swerve in this re-telling comes from using the airships as a key visual device. In the opening sequence, we watch the Musketeers – plus Milady – steal plans for an airship from the ingeniously secured vault of Leonardo DiVinci’s scrolls. Later we get to see the airships in action, including a full-out battle in the sky.