We’ve just seen some footage from Paul Anderson‘s 3D take on The Three Musketeers. In the director’s video introduction – which was met with some derisive laughter – Anderson told us that the whole sequence was done “for real” with no stunt doubles and “real” swords.
The sequence was a version of a scene in the film, the moment where the Musketeers first fight alongside Dogt.. er… D’Artagnan. It was really just an excuse for running, jumping and rolling on the floor. Like most lacking action scenes there were very few continuity edits between angles on the same thing, normally cutting away to a completely different bit of action in different cinematic space. The examples of intercut stuff we did get were polished enough.
The footage was in 3D, and it was bright, clear and had comfortable depth, well matched over cuts. There was very little to what we saw that seemed to be pushing the envelope in any way and this is far from genius stereo, but at least it was thought through enough to avoid any glitches or clashes.
All in all? Meh. I wish we’d seen one of the more outlandish scenes that the trailer has been threatening, something to show the extremes this film will stretch to and not just something forgettable from the mid-tones.
Something with Christoph Waltz would have been nice…
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