Lost in Our World. Found in Another.
Disney 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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John Carter has all the ingredients of a great adventure story - the reluctant hero, the feisty princess, a lovable and loyal companion/pet, a pale, bald and dastardly villain pulling the strings, a beautiful and exotic setting, and of course all kinds... More of excitement in the form of duels, fights and chases.
The film also has heart - a bit like The Mummy (the first few anyway), Stardust or even The Princess Bride; something I felt was lacking from Prince of Persia and many other action adventures today.
I was also surprised at how many times the whole audience were laughing at the numerous jokes - comedic timing was perfect, and the performances from the whole cast were perfect for the roles, even the CG characters.
Overall, I would highly recommend John Carter, in 2D or 3D - I guarantee it'll be a fun ride, and I hope there's a sequel!Hide