John Carter

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To quote my favourite review of this movie so far "All that's missing is a senate debate and pod race" (Walter Chaw -FFC) John Carter is the latest in epic fantasy movies, this time Disney weighs in on the action and unfortunately fails miserably. The acting is so stiff and wooden, the story is mediocre at best, the special effects are nothing new or to be celebrated and the fact that it looks just like Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace I often wondered if George Lucas was behind this movie.

From filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes John Carter-a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). John Carter is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands. -- (C) Walt Disney

Andrew Stanton the powerhouse behind such classic films as Finding Nemo & Wall-E takes the helm and unfortunately fails miserably, unable to evoke a convincing performance from any on screen the whole movie just feels undercooked and recycled. After the marketing machine pumped out images and footage of what looked to be amazing, when watching the movie in its entirety unfortunately it just fails to entertain or provide a decent story.

Reviewed by Alaisdair Dewar

The leads played by Taylor Kitsch, Willem Dafoe and Lynn Collins are as vapid and vacant as their in film characters, this adds to the dredging feeling of the film as it slowly plods along. The CG characters particularly that of the Tharks and the adorable and entertaining alien dog that sticks with Carter for the majority of the movie providing much needed comic relief in a boring and flat script and performance. 

That being said the score is epic, beautifully played out but unfortunately making the scenes sound more epic than they actually are detracts from the movie as a whole. The visual effects are just average for movies these days it is nothing groundbreaking and the 3D was not worth the upgrade, nothing really pops out at you or looks great on the screen. 

Overall this over-hyped and undercooked film is a sad entry for Disney and from early box office numbers looks set to be another flop for the House of Mouse. Die hard sci fi fan boys may find some solace in this, others will be bored and looking at your phone, watch, spot on the wall praying for this to be over. 


  1. Dan O. said...:

    Despite occasional moments of silliness, the old-fashioned sense of adventure and brilliantly rendered aliens elevate this above other derivative big-budget sci-fi fare. I still wished that Kitsch did a lot better in this lead role but he was only there for eye-candy really. Good review. Check out mine when you can.

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