Sharp as a potato

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ALL for one, one for . . . cry­ing out loud, is the movie busi­ness so strapped for ideas that a 23rd fea­ture adap­ta­tion of The Three Mus­ke­teers gets a green light?

Look, I know we’ve al­ready had cin­e­matic cover ver­sions of The Thing and Foot­loose plus an­other Para­nor­mal Ac­tiv­ity se­quel come at us this month. But at least this trio puts some lovely spin on proven con­cepts that had not been done to death. Un­like the all-new, same-old Three Mus­ke­teers.

The set­ting is 17th cen­tury France. The fa­bled trio of Athos (Matthew Mac­fadyen, more a lover than a fighter), Porthos ( Ray Steven­son, more a fighter than a lover) and Aramis ( Luke Evans, more of any­one’s guess) are on the outer with the royal court.

Af­ter tak­ing teen hot­head D’artag­nan ( Lo­gan Ler­man) into the fold, Team Mus­ke­teer slowly sneaks back into the good books of the dopey fash­ion-vic­tim king ( Fred­die Fox) by agree­ing to foil a coup planned by Bri­tish fop, the Duke of Buck­ing­ham ( Or­lando Bloom, pic­tured).

Play­ing both sides of the cross-chan­nel con­flict is the babe-li­cious Mi­lady ( Milla Jovovich), a dou­ble agent who has nicked off with plans for a rad­i­cal mil­i­tary air­ship de­signed by Leonardo da Vinci.

There is minis­cule fresh pro­duce thrown on the ta­ble here – aside from some ho-hum 3D ef­fects, some bonkers busi­ness in­volv­ing zep­pelins with weapons, and some rare glimpses of Jovovich al­most act­ing.

Though all the right names, places and times are present and cor­rect, ac­cord­ing to the an­cient blue­print dic­tated by author Alexan­dre Du­mas, the sim­ple swash­buck­ling vibe of the orig­i­nal tale is rarely cap­tured.

The prob­lem is a run­ning se­ries of mod­i­fi­ca­tions, meant to bring the funny and the cool, merely bring on a headache.

Now show­ing Vil­lage Cine­mas

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