Review: John Carter
Family-friendly action-adventure at its bestWith only the trailer to go on, you could be forgiven for assuming John Carter would be an average mashup of Prince of Persia and Avatar. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that this was probably one of the best movies I've seen this year.
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 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!