The Alexander Dumas book The Three Musketeers is one of the most exciting books of its era and still offers a thrilling adventure with the coming-of-age tale of D’Artagnon leaving home to join up with the fabled Musketeers, acting in the service of King Louis XIII against the evil Cardinal Richelieu. Sword fights, treachery, beautiful women, honor, it’s a truly epic tale.
There are scenes that are just weird and don’t fit into the narrative at all, notably including an aquatic opening sequence that would have made a lot more sense in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. There are also a ridiculous number of plot holes and anachronisms, including one scene where Rochefort (Mads Mikkelsen) toys with a modern butterfly knife. A style of knife that isn’t produced until at least a hundred years later. Did the prop-maker just not pay attention to the setting at all? Then there’s the scene where D’Artagnon (Logan Lerman) finds that his horse has received a written citation from Aramis (Luke Evans) for despoiling the city street. Unsure what it means, Aramis explains to him that “it’s a ticket”. What the heck?