Monday, September 10, 2012

Movie Monday: The Three Musketeers

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To Europe With Kids presents Movie Monday as an occasional feature to recommend films that might expose children and their families to any small bit of European history, folklore, scenery, or animated imagery as entertainment, perhaps new knowledge, or just a couple of hours of electronic babysitting.
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Now here's a movie with scenery close to my heart:  much of it was filmed in Würzburg, my mother's hometown in Germany, and other villages nearby.  I'm talking about the 2011 release of The Three Musketeers with Matthew MacFadyen, Milla Jovovich, Luke Evans, and Orlando Bloom.

Cast of The Three Musketeers.

I was giddy with excitement to see Würzburg's Residenz Palace starring in the film as the king's palace.

Scene from the movie filmed at the Residenz Palace.

My kids at the Residenz Palace in Würzburg.

There were scenes filmed on the Old Main Bridge and Fortress Marienburg as well.

Fortress Marienburg.
Old Main Bridge.


My whole family enjoyed seeing these familiar places in the feature film, plus we watched it with some German relatives who actually live in Würzburg and chimed in during the movie about the street closures during filming, their friends who played extras, and the occasional star spotting.

Was it a good movie though?  Well, it's just another adaption of Alexandre Dumas's French novel and you know the story line, but this plot is a little far-fetched from the original.  It's rated PG-13 for adventure action violence, but nothing serious.  It's definitely a worthy contender for family movie night.

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