Oct 21 2011 8:05am

The Three Musketeers’s Opening Scene

The Three Musketeers opens today; from the first four+ minutes here, it looks like a huge, campy, steampunk-y piece of genius and/or trainwreck (viewer’s choice).

Yesterday, we talked about Dumas’s original masterpiece in Alexandre Dumas’s The Three Musketeers Lives On in Film. Whether you judge by movie versions or the original book (or a combination of both), who’s your favorite Musketeer: Athos, Aramis, Porthos, and eventually, D’Artagnan?

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Karen Haas
1. KarenH
I know I've never read the book but I did see the 1993 film starring Keifer Sutherland, Oliver Platt and Charlie Sheen. And as a point of comparison, I just added the 1973 film to my Netflix queue. This new version of the story sounds like a whole lot of fun and I'm in for it!
Megan Frampton
2. MFrampton
Me, too, actually. I happen to love Matthew Macfadyen and Ray Stevenson, plus Luke Evans is easy on the eyes. So what if it doesn't hew to the original? It looks cool!
Amber McMichael
3. buriedbybooks
My favorite has to be Athos. He is so angst-y. Poor guy. Although I do admit to some fondness for Porthos as portrayed by Oliver Platt.
Megan Frampton
4. MFrampton
@buriedbybooks: My favorite is Athos, also. So smart! So tortured! Just my type of guy.
5. mochabean
Oh I am so there. And since Titus Pullo (Ray Stevenson) is in it, I can probably get my husband to go too!

My fave was always Aramis. Don't know why. Must be that Jesuit beard...
6. Rosebud
Did they actually read the book!?!?! Athos kissing Milady? I can't believe it! That book is one my all time favorite and I hate to see some idiot screewriter destroying it!
Teresa Nielsen Hayden
7. tnh
Trainwreck, I'm afraid. I can forgive the opening sequence looking like a video game. I can forgive them junking Dumas' original opening chapter and inserting some plotty nonsense straight out of The Da Vinci Code. But I cannot forgive that coy, brainless, cliched, and appallingly wrong flirtation between Athos and Milady DeWinter.

Rosebud is right. I'll bet they didn't read the book.
Lynn Ristau
8. Elsandra
Athos has always been my favorite character. I'm in the process of reading the book again, it is one of my favorites. I'm going to see the film for its steampunkiness, I know it won't hew to the book so I'll keep an open mind.

I enjoyed 90's Disney version, I have a copy and watch it occasionally. I've only seen parts of the 70's version but intend to see it sometime soon. I love Matthew Macfadyen which is the other reason I'm going to see this version. Like buriedbybooks I enjoyed Oliver Platt as Porthos.
Cristina P
9. krissapl
It was my absolute favorite book when I was a kid. I must have read it at least 10 times. Also loved the sequels and cried soooo much when Porthos died, my mom came in to my room to see what is wrong.

That said, I hated every musketeer movie I saw. Not one was on par with the books (don't know if I saw the ones you mentioned).
In regards to this new movie, I completely agree with you about Milady and Athos. Are they kidding? Do they think noone has actually read the books? Did the people who made this read them???

Anyway, I'm older now (22) so I'll try to not be so affected/offended by them changing 90% of the story I loved to make a lot of money. Though, isn't the original story interesting enough? do they need to add scuba-diving musketeers? what about the camaraderie between them, the honor, the pride of being part of that elite group? that's what i loved most about the musketeers...

Okay, end of rant. sorry about that. carry on :)

p.s: my fav is also Athos.
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