Three Musketeers swashbuckle back onto the silver screen

PUBLISHED: 11:00 15 October 2011

(left to right) RAY STEVENSON, MATTHEW MACFAYDEN, LOGAN LERMAN and LUKE EVANS star in THE THREE MUSKETEERS.

(left to right) RAY STEVENSON, MATTHEW MACFAYDEN, LOGAN LERMAN and LUKE EVANS star in THE THREE MUSKETEERS.

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ONE of the classic tales of literature and film has made an explosive return to the silver screen this week.

The Three Musketeers (certificate 12A) features stunning effects and showpieces, an excellent cast, and for the first time the swashbuckling favourite is available in 3D.

Logan Lerman stars as the young D’Artagnan, who unites with the three musketeers Athos, Aramis and Porthos (Matthew MacFayden, Luke Evans and Ray Stevenson), once legendary figures but now down on their luck.

The four must join forces to stop the evil Cardinal Richelieu (Inglorious’ Christoph Walz), the beguiling and treacherous M’lady de Winter (Milla Jovovich) and the devious Duke of Buckingham (Orlando Bloom) from seizing the French throne and engulfing Europe in war.

The 17th century romp updates the traditional tale featuring D’Artagnan’s rise to prominence among the musketeers with 21st century effects and panache, while all the while staying close to the heart of Alexandre Dumas’ legendary novel.

It is in cinemas nationwide now.

Also out this week is Real Steel (certificate 12A), a white-knuckle action ride featuring Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton.

Charlie is a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2,000 pound, eight-foot-tall steel robots took over from human fighters.

In a boxing world where robots rule the ring, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged 11-year-old son Max to build and train a championship contender.

Real Steel gives viewers a ringside seat as the stakes in the no-holds barred arena are raised, and Charlie and Max are given one last shot at a comeback.

Real Steel is in cinemas nationwide from tomorrow (Fri).

Also out tomorrow, Footloose (12A) sees a 21st update of the 1984 classic, featuring Kenny Wormald as the dance-mad Ren MacCormack.

Changing from Boston to the backwater of Bomont – a small town where music and dancing have been banned by the council and powerful Reverend Shaw (Dennis Quaid), following the tragic death of five teenage revellers.

When he takes on the ban with his feet, as well as falling in love with the minister’s daughter, the town soon kicks off its Sunday shoes.

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