John Carter is a civil war veteran focused on finding a cave of gold when he is suddenly transported to Mars. On Mars he quickly finds himself in the midst of another civil war between two humanoid factions, with aliens known as Thark’s on the sidelines. Based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’s “Barsoom Series”, the film follows along as Carter becomes involved in the Martian war and aids princess Dejah Thoris.
Taylor Kitsch (John Carter), Lynn Collins (Dejah), Samantha Morton (Sola), Willem Dafoe (Tars Tarkas), Thomas Haden Church (Tal Hajus), Mark Strong (Matai Shang), Ciaran Hinds (Tardos), Dominic West (Sab Than), Bryan Cranston (Powell).
John Carter begins with some hinting at Mars being part of the story before jumping back to the U.S. Civil War. With some brief cowboy and Indian interaction it isn’t long before Carter is transported to Mars and things get more interesting. Lacking water on Mars, life has developed differently and although there are still ships they sail on light rather than water. From there the film follows a somewhat mild and well used plot with appropriate twists and turns. Being a Disney film, John Carter is quite mild and easy to follow, up through the Happily Ever After ending.
Acting was decent with Kitsch doing a good job in the lead role, delivering the comedy as well as the emotion. Collins and Kitsch seemed to have good chemistry and Collins played her part quite nicely. Much of the rest of the cast was performing voice work for CGI, which was done well throughout. Cranston was a nice addition though his part was quite short.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were all of good quality as would be expected from a Disney production. Physical action scenes were good though special effects ruled in this one. CGI was very good and blended with physical work extremely well. There were some over the top scenes but overall, they worked pretty well. Dialogue was good though a few accents, combined with unusual new words, were a challenge at first. Sound and soundtrack were both well done.
Overall John Carter is an enjoyable sci-fi fantasy with plenty of good action to go along with the story, which moves along well. Those who like a film focused on the story rather than sex or violence will enjoy this one, though being a Disney film it is a bit bland at times.
With some violence, action, and aliens this one should actually be fine for preens and above.
John Carter is no longer showing in any Littleton, Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Sci-Fi Adventure, Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Alien Sci-Fi
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