John Carter 3D(2012)
Lost in Our World. Found in Another.
Disney 3D sci-fi action-adventure in which Civil War vet John Carter (Taylor Kitsch, Battleship) is transplanted to Mars and becomes embroiled in an epic battle amongst the planet's inhabitants.... More
Formerly an Earthlike world, Mars became less hospitable when the oceans evaporated, the atmosphere thinned and the planet devolved into barbarism with the inhabitants - 12-foot tall green thugs called Tharks - fighting one another to survive. After encountering Thark leaders Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins) and Tars Tarkas (Willem Defoe), Carter takes it upon himself to bring the planet back from the brink of collapse and save its people.
Based on the classic Barsoom novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs, this marks the live-action debut from director Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, WALL-E).Hide
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BY Dominic Corry Flicks Writer
The first of the American blockbusters to hit this year sets a high standard for the (predominantly superhero-focused) event movies to follow.... More
Despite the ambivalent, surprisingly hype-free build up to the movie, it proves a winning mixture of grand adventure and otherworldly awesomeness, all presented within an impressively epic scope.
Although it's based on a legendary novel that Hollywood has been attempting to adapt for seventy years, John Carter feels fresher than most contemporary blockbusters. The lack of multimedia familiarity with the characters and story benefits the film to no end. The inspiration for successes like Star Wars and Avatar is not difficult to discern within John Carter, and it lent the film a classic quality I greatly appreciated.
The design of the film is awesome – from the giant albino apes, glittering cities and flying machines to the more or less flawless green-skinned, twelve-foot-tall Tharks – everything popped nicely for me on a visual level.
All too often, films of this scope feel like all their edges have been ground down in the name of reaching the broadest possible audience. I got a sense while watching John Carter that the vision of director Andrew Stanton (WALL-E) was being delivered without compromise. There is a tangible throughline that proves all too rare in films of this size.
The film skews a little young at times, but never so much as to put me off. If you can allow yourself to be carried along by this fantastical story, the rewards are rich.Hide
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BY Josef lister
I adored Disney as a kid. I adore Disney as a grown up. When I saw the trailer I thought, "Yes! At last something decent to watch on the big screen" and had high expectations being Disney and all. Well sadly they left the best bits in the trailer. The rest is so predicatble. I've seen better acting performances in local school productions. I guess heads will roll at Disney for this one as the film will be remembered as one of the most expensive box office bombs of all time. (No stars rating)
BY Rogue nobody
I enjoyed the film. The use of colour and special effects complimented the story line. To those professional critics. Why do we go to the movies to point fingers at those that are making more money then we are...no!!!. We enjoy what they done by watching their trade and their artistry.
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BY GrahamP superstar
This is a sci-fi fantasy movie on a grand scale with a big budget and will suit a varied audience.
In the past when I have watched other 3D movies I have been disappointed with the effects but in this movie I found it worked well and it gave me a new insite into 3D.
The green skin "Tharks" were a little too cute for me but would appeal to the younger audience.
BY RexH superstar
For over two hours I felt I was totally immersed in another world. I was excited to see this film and it did not disappoint. It made the last three Star Wars movies look like @#$%! and it served as a reminder as to where George Lucas got most of his ideas (along with Isaac Asimov, whom I'm surprised never sued him).
It's been decades since I read the stories so I won't even try to compare but for me the... More essence remained intact. The stories created a genre; the sci-fi fantasy adventure and Burroughs, despite some literary shortcomings, was the master who seemed able to churn them out effortlessly. Were he still alive, I'm sure he would be pleased with this effort.
I cannot remember if Burroughs gave Carter a back story, but I'm glad the movie did and the opening sequence was as good as any western. The flashbacks (always risky) worked well here and served to drive motivation.
But beyond the basic story is the creation of the Barsoomian world. Jaw-droppingly superb, utterly believable and the cgi never once overtook the story but was always in service to it. This film is a special effects master class on how to get it right.
There was only one Disneyesque intrusion - the big mouthed "dog" (I was reminded of Lockjaw in Marvel comics' Fantastic Four) but even this never got too out of bounds and for younger viewers probably added some comic relief to what was a fairly grim tale, though broadly painted.
I personally would have been happy to see this run to three hours just so I could immerse myself even deeper into the Martian/Barsoomian world.
This movie is what it is: a damn good adventure story. Not breaking new ground (does it have to?) but doing a solid job of going over familiar territory in a way that does not insult its audience.
Speaking of which: NO Jah Jah Binks!Hide
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