In Theaters: March 9, 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action)
Genres: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure
Run Time: 2 hours 12 minutes
Director: Andrew Stanton
JJ Rating: B+
John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), an ex-confederate soldier, hid in a cave from Indians. The cave that held his gold he was going to get. Until someone appeared behind him. After shooting the intruder, he grabbed the medallion the man had and whispered the words the man was whispering. John Carter then transferred to Mars where he learns he can jump...high, where he falls in love and where he leads a people to victory. John Carter.
10 Good Things About This Film
from start to finish due to the fast pace story telling. It did not
feel like 2+ hours.
acting gave way to characters worthy of care. Which gave way to a
scene that sort of surprised me. It reminded me a lot of (without
giving it away) Somewhere
great scene was when John Carter is killing Martians left and right
(covered in blue, cause their blood ain't red) a flashback weaves
its way through. It was a great combination of past and present.
me to Andrew Stanton and how he did a good job. The amount of hands
the director reigns passed through were numerous. I wonder how it
felt to do a film on a book that predates Star
The imagery of Mars was wonderful. I was engrossed in the world.
Invested. And even enamored. John
was told in a way that makes me want to see it again.
Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins (who played Dejah Thoris) had very
good chemistry. Her eyes were very eye catching. I couldn't stop
myself from wanting to stare at them.
CGI work worked for me. I liked the look of the Martians. They were
real enough that I forgot they were CGI long enough to enjoy the
story. The ships they traveled in were neat.
costumes were great. I liked them. Made the beautiful (Lynn Collins)
more beautiful. According to how far I'm into the book...the
characters were nude. So far. ha.
liked the line “John Carter of Earth?” Only because it has a
weird-cool ring to it.
actors, again, do a good job. Samantha Morbin, Willem Dafoe, and
Thomas Haden Church. The good job comes with making a CGI character
real. And because the CGI was good and the voice acting fit the
characters, I saw them as characters in a story that I was engrossed
really, really liked the ending. Not as much as a twist of an ending
as it was a great way to reveal. Which is another reason why Andrew
Stanton did well. I was excited for more.
Nothing terribly bad to mention.
I didn't read Edgar Rice Burroughs' series on John Carter. After learning about how long this film was in development hell and that it inspired films like Star Wars and Avatar, I had to give it a go. So I snagged a sample for my Nook. Right now, I sort of like it. It's weird, though. I haven't read a single line of actual dialogue between the characters and I'm on page 50. It's not an issue, it's just something I've never encountered in reading a book.
John Carter was a good film, enjoyable and fun for the entire family. I'm thinking of owning it. Money is tight as it is, so thinking about it is all I can do. Considering that this is March (and still part of the Crapuaray film release months), John Carter is a pleasant surprise.