I put this movie on in an extraordinary fit of bonhomie. It was a dark, rainy evening. We are staring down the barrel of a near future that I can only describe as ‘always winter, never Christmas’. I’d just started listening to the Librivox edition of ‘The Three Musketeers’ and I thought it was a good time to introduce The Young Person to a good old fashioned swashbuckler of a movie.
Of course, I hadn’t planned this and so, ten minutes of slowly losing my confidence while frantically scrolling through streaming services, I found this and pressed play out of nothing more than an utter refusal to be beaten. So I deserved the experience of watching this, as some kind of karmic revenge for my arrogance.
This was a curious reimagining. Sure, it was great to see Milady reimagined as a stronger female lead. But as a cheeky member of a heist gang? A steampunk ninja? Is that faithful enough to the original storyline? I couldn’t help but wonder.
And then the rest of the movie happened to me, and I ceased to try and critique it.
How do you critique a movie that has deliberately included airships in the way this movie did? The amount of hot airship on airship action nearly made me long for the long ago experience of Sky captain and the World of Tomorrow.
This wasn’t the movie I was looking for.