Civil War vet John Carter is transplanted to Mars, where he discovers a lush, wildly diverse planet whose main inhabitants are 12-foot tall green barbarians. Finding himself a prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium, who is in desperate need of a savior.
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Transplanted to Mars, a Civil War vet discovers a lush planet inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians. Finding himself a prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter a princess who is in desperate need of a savior.
I really thought this movie would be bad... but it was quite the opposite. It had great effects, awesome acting, and a good story. Even the ending was good enough for me... I know, I know... SHOCKING. You will get a little lost at the beginning cause it's a little heavy to start out... just have some patients. Once John Carter gets to MARS... the fun starts and it will be a ride you enjoy!!!!
With the name "John Carter" images of elections in the fifth district appellate court; CEO of a Dow Jones Industrial Company, even president of a local school board are conjured up, but never as a mega- muscled hero, an Adonis, championing the just on Earth and Mars.
Based on the novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, produced by Disney and dedicated to the memory of Steve Jobs this grossly overwrought, inflated financial endeavor (350 million dollars) is a misguided and senseless narrative; a flagrant waste of digitalization, not to reference squandering the precious commodity of time. Time better spent in a library, museum, online shopping, or vacuously gazing into space.
In fairness to "John Carter" (Taylor Kitsch is the hunk)) this is a genre that has never appealed to my (possibly limited) aesthetic. So on the plus side it is a visual, fantastical, beautiful sight to behold; a scientific, technological wonder, a feat of twenty-first century wizardry.
After fifteen minutes my brain catatonically collapsed, unnoticed behind the 3D glasses; sadly bereft of the "dozing" gene, zero emotional involvement with the characters, a predestined happy ending; I clandestinely analyzed my fellow attendees and surmised that I was a solitary representative of my age range and should have been wiser, and I should have left!
Don't really know what to say about this movie. It was a decent film and I don't think that it should have been a $200 million failure. Somewhat entertaining but the main problem is the name. Why would you name your film something like John Carter. Yes I understand that's the name of the main character but because of that it's going to turn people off to the idea of seeing the movie. Yes a stupid reason I agree, but that's the way the mentality of some is. Didn't deserve to do as bad at the box office as it did. Worth a watch if you're into adventure movies. 6/10
Follows the Edgar Burrough's book, Princess of Mars, but has deviations that actually in the end make it a better story line. Like the book, it makes you want to see the next movie, if there is one. Like most Disney movies, it tries to appeal to both youth and adults and does a reasonable job of it. It is not really scary despite having monstrous apes and four armed green men with tusks, so it's okay to take elementary school aged kids to this movie. The Washington Post panned the movie as bad but I didn't find it so. Acting and graphics were good and there weren't any scenes that dragged. Overall, an enjoyable movie, especially if you like Burrough's John Carter of Mars stories, which I read a long time ago, when I was ten years old.