John Carter Movie Review

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John Carter is based on a novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, set on a fictionalized version of Mars known as Barsoom. Written between July and September 28, 1911. Until this movie was released I didn’t know how long ago John Carter had actually been developed. Throughout the next 100 years he would be written into more novels, comic books and even television series, though never having a show solely based on himself.

The film is set in the late 1800s and John Carter’s ambition is set on finding gold. He’s a former Captain of the confederate army who’s lost his family in the war. Through a chase by the army to re-enlist him, he winds up in a mysterious cave that transports him to Barsoom better known as Mars. John Carter discovers he now has super strength due to the lighter gravity of Barsoom and is able to jump hundreds of feet at a time, his bone density is also much thicker coming from earth so he’s able to take on hordes of enemies.

The storyline for most part is decent, however there are many points of the film that can come off as cheesy and will have your eyes rolling. The Princess, Deja Thoris (Lynn Collins) is over the top as what totally feels like a Disney influenced princess (she actually resembles princess Jasmine from Alladin too)! John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) does a decent job pioneering the main character for the first time on the big screen. Tars Tarkas (Willem Defoe) and Sola (Samantha Morton) fill the Thawke species characters with personality and depth. There’s also a alien dog, I adored him! (I don’t know if the dog had any voice credits but did a good job!)

The major gripe that I have with this movie is that Princess Deja Thoris is going to be the most memorable character in the film. It’s a good and bad thing. The storyline is written as the Princess needs help to save her people, and she’s given choices to make that a reality from the get go and decides it’s a unbearable choice and is on the run. John Carter winds up in a position where he MUST fall for her Princess charms CONSTANTLY despite whether those decisions make any sense. Being as such you’ll feel frustrated by watching those choices play out.

The film could of used a lot of serious editing, it’s 2hrs 10min long and definitely feels like it. You’ll find yourself at times yawning, and possibly stretching your arms out due to how lengthy the film feels. I think whenever I see a film that’s based on a desert-like environment under a hot sun, it makes me feel sleepy already.

It’s a stretch for John Carter to be delivered by a movie company as big as Disney. It’s mildly entertaining, but is no means a blockbuster.

Synopsis
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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