The Three Musketeers is a 2011 action-adventure film. A steampunk-influenced reinterpretation of the novel of the same title by Alexandre Dumas, the film [3] was released in Germany, Austria, France and Switzerland [4] on September 1, 2011, and it is released in the U.S. on October 21, 2011.[5]

In Venice, the Three Musketeers Athos (Matthew Macfayden), Porthos (Ray Stevenson) and Aramis (Luke Evans), with the help of Athos' lover, Milady de Winter (Milla Jovovich), steal airship blueprints made by Leonardo Da Vinci. However, they are betrayed by Milady, who gives the blueprints to the Duke of Buckingham (Orlando Bloom). Upon returning to France, the Musketeers are forced to disband by Cardinal Richelieu (Christoph Waltz) for their failure.

One year later, the young D'Artagnan (Logan Lerman) leaves Gascony for Paris in hopes of becoming a Musketeer, like his father once was, only to learn that they no longer exist. D'Artagnan ends up challenging Captain Rochefort (Mads Mikkelsen), the leader of Richelieu's guard, to a duel after being offended by him, but Rochefort merely shoots him while he's distracted. In an attempt to get revenge, D'Artagnan offends Athos, Porthos and Aramis for petty reasons, and schedules duels with each of them, at the same day and at the same place, but in different times, not knowing who they are.

Before they can duel, however, D'Artagnan and the Musketeers are attacked by the guards for breaking the law by having a public duel. They fight the soldiers off, at which point D'Artagnan discovers their true identities, but end up being captured and brought before the young king Louis XIII (Freddie Fox) and his wife, queen Anne (Juno Temple). Richelieu attempts to convince them to execute the four prisoners, but they are too impressed, and congratulate them instead, much to Richelieu's anger.

Later, Richelieu meets with Milady, who is actually working for him. He orders her to plant false love letters among Queen Anne's possessions and steal Queen Anne's diamond necklace and hide it in the Tower of London with the objective of framing Queen Anne of having an affair with the Duke of Buckingham, who is in France on behalf of the King of England, and who has built a fully armed airship using the designs stolen from the Musketeers. The affair would force King Louis to execute Queen Anne and declare war on England. At this point, the people would demand a more experienced leader for the country: Richelieu himself. Before leaving, Milady demands that Richelieu gives her an authorization declaring that she was working on behalf of France's best interests.

However, Queen Anne's lady-in-waiting Constance Bonacieux (Gabriella Wilde) discovers his plan and pleads with the Musketeers to stop Richelieu. They follow Milady and Buckingham to London, while Constance is kidnapped by Rochefort for helping the Musketeers to escape from him. Meanwhile, King Louis finds the false letters and is advised by Richelieu to set up a ball in which Queen Anne would be forced to wear the necklace. If she doesn't, then her affair is real, and there will be war.

In London, Milady warns Buckingham of the Musketeers arrival, claiming that they want revenge for being outsmarted by Buckingham one year prior. Buckingham captures D'Artagnan and prepares to interrogate him when D'Artagnan reveals that he was acting as a decoy to allow the Musketeers to steal Buckingham's airship. They rescue D'Artagnan and capture Milady, who gives them the authorization in an attempt to have her life spared. Upon realizing she failed, she jumps out of the airship onto the English Channel.

The Musketeers recover the necklace and return to London, only to be attacked by Rochefort, piloting an airship secretly built by Richelieu, who was given copies of Da Vinci's blueprints by Milady. Rochefort feigns an attempt to exchange Constance for the necklace in order to capture D'Artagnan, but the Musketeers come to his rescue and the two ships crash in the Notre Dame Cathedral, where D'Artagnan fights and defeats Rochefort, rescuing Constance, who returns the necklace to Queen Anne.

The Musketeers arrive at the ball and, for the sake of King Louis' and his people, lie by saying that Rochefort was trying to sabotage an airship that Richelieu built for them, for the purpose of identifying a traitor. To convince King Louis, Athos presents Milady's authorization, which King Louis accepts. Richelieu, satisfied, offers the Musketeers a place in his army, but they refuse, which infuriates Richelieu, who swears revenge.

Meanwhile, in London, Milady is rescued by Buckingham, who reveals that he intents to avenge her and destroy the Musketeers. It is revealed that Buckingham is advancing towards France with a massive fleet of airships and sea-faring ships.


Location filming was done in Bavaria with indoor shooting at Studio Babelsberg.[citation needed] It was filmed with an Arri Alexa camera.[6] A sizable proportion of the funding for the film came from German sources: $4 million from Bavaria's bank fund (BBF) and film and TV fund (FFF), about $1.3 million from the federal German Film Board, about $10 million in tax rebate cash from the German film fund, the DFF and $1 million (€800,000) in subsidy financing from the Berlin-Brandenburg Medienboard.[7]


British band Take That have written and recorded the official single entitled "When We Were Young"; it was released August 22, 2011.[8]

It was first released in Germany on September 1, 2011 and debuted at number one with $3,378,661 and has since grossed $12,966,213 in Germany. It was released in Austria the same day where it grossed $1,862,491. It collected $17,910 in South Korea. Its gross totalled to $49,000,000 as of October 16, 2011. In the UK it debuted with £1,461,251, when it was released on October 12, 2011. It was released on October 21, 2011 in North America.

Milla Jovovich criticized Summit Entertainment for not "promoting [the film] properly" as a "family film" in the United States.[9]

The film received negative reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 24% of 38 critics have given the film a positive review, with a rating average of 4 out of 10. The website's consensus is "It plays admirably fast and loose with Alexandre Dumas' classic tale, but in every other respect, The Three Musketeers offers nothing to recommend—or to set it apart from the many other film adaptations".[10] As of October 20, 2011, it is the most poorly reviewed of all The Three Musketeers films.[11]

Char Dallin from "X media online" said, "Despite an awful script, an array of baffling accents and some performances that would not look out of place at the pantomime, I found it very entertaining and enjoyable – hence my bewilderment! I saw it in 3D, which was mostly used to good effect especially during the scenes with the airships".[12] Francesca Rudkin from The New Zealand Herald gave the film three stars out of five.[13]

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  7. ^ Roxborough, Scott (2010-10-14). "'Three Musketeers' gets $1 mil from Berlin". Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  8. ^ When We Were Young - Take That Official Site
  9. ^ "Milla Jovovich Takes To Twitter To Rip Summit Over ‘Three Musketeers’ Marketing". PMC. October 21, 2011. Retrieved October 22, 2011. 
  10. ^ "The Three Musketeers (2011)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  11. ^ Zeitchik, Steven (October 20, 2011). "Movie Projector: 'Paranormal Activity 3' to frighten rivals". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  12. ^ Dallin, Char (October 17, 2011). "Review: The Three Musketeers". X media online. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  13. ^ Rudkin, Francesca (October 15, 2011). "Movie Review: The Three Musketeers 3D". The New Zealand Herald. APN News & Media. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
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