John Carter details
|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Ciaran Hinds, Samantha Morton, Ciarán Hinds, Dominic West, Daryl Sabara, Thomas Hayden Church, Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe, Mark Strong, James Purefoy|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure - Historical, Sci-Fi/Fantasy - Sci-fi - General|
|Studio:||WALT DISNEY STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||July - Action, Our Favourites, The Biggest and Best|
|Run time:||2 hours 7 minutes|
|Rental release:||02 Jul 2012|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
This movie is far from perfect, but as blockbusters go John Carter has a lot more to offer than your typical corporate popcorn fodder. And it has everything a 12-year-old boy could dream of.
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Cheesy, even ludicrous but highly enjoyable blockbuster Sci-fi fantasy adventureBy TheyCallMeMrGlass (42 reviews) from London , 06 Mar 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]I saw this at a preview screening in London.
I never read any of the books so only had a vague synopsis of the story just from trailers which didn't really impress me much.
Well, this turned out to be quite a blast. Its an enjoyable if very cheesy Sci-fi fantasy blockbuster. It has the spirit and energy of Flash Gordon including its own outrageously nonsensical but fun premise. It isn't as cheesy as that film but there is a definite lean towards it. The story is quite a novel mix of Planet of the Apes, Conan, Red Sonja, Avatar, Star Wars and Superman (yep this is a superhero movie too). We even have a western thrown in the mix at the beginning. I was going to say there isn't anything original here but how can I? This story was published in the 19th century so from that perspective, I can now see a lot of plot influences deriving from this in later SF/fantasy films.
A lot of money was spent on this movie and it shows. The special effects here are pretty awesome. Not necessarily ground breaking, everything on screen has been done before but its all smoothly done at a grand scale though not quite to the scale of the Star Wars prequels. Effects that stood out for me were John Carters 'Hulk' like jumps, Martian sky ship battles, green martians (as good as Avatar), and a cute monster dog sidekick that almost steels the show.
Another major feature of the film was the cinematography. Its quite spectacular and for a barren dead desert planet, its surprisingly stunning.
Taylor Kitsch who plays John Carter has just about enough screen presence portraying a likable anti hero with a punchy attitude and a sense of past history haunting him. Its a Han Solo type role but he plays it more brooding. There is even a Princess Leia and the age old storyline of helping a Princess to fight a war but each with their own agendas. Its all very clichéd, yet still enjoyable.
One of the biggest surprise for me was the 3D. It is a post conversion, which most often results in poorer quality than films which are filmed in 3D from the start. But an exception can be made here. This is hands down the best 3d conversion film I have seen. The 3d depth was outstanding and really shows its power in numerous landscape and action scenes. This is probably the 2nd best 3d live action film I've seen overall (either filmed in 3d or post converted) and I am normally anti-3d when it comes to live action films.
As much fun as I had with this, there is no denying that there is a lot wrong with it too. I could pick on flaws and lack of logic all day long with this film some of which are smack on the head stupid and some elements I desperately wished more or better development on. The dialogue while often funny, also often dive bombs into cringe-worthiness (much like a Lucas script), the developing romance was very disjointed and sometimes embarrassing (think Anakin and Padme levels of embarrassment). The 3 way war politics was not very clear cut, major characters not fleshed out enough and there's a whole lot of story loopholes. Yet there is still a lot more fun to be had to override those flaws.
I have a feeling that book lovers will be disappointed because I can detect a lot of back story is missing here and key characters seem very short changed on their development and motives (particularly with the green martians) which I am sure would have been fully fleshed out in the book. However, I reckon if you enjoy films like Thor and GI Joe, you'll have a great time with this. This wont be a classic or even a cult movie but it is a satisfying piece of cinema escapism. And its enough for me to want to read the books!
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Do Believe The HypeBy mattyp91 (229 reviews) from Thatcham , 28 May 2013I wanted to watch this to see how bad it really is - and it doesn't fail to deliver. I would love to be there when a director is watching the competed film for the first time and realises its a total turkey!! Poor acting, awful story, rip-offs from every movie you can think of - its awful.
pure rubbishBy vickig0306 (429 reviews) from Halifax , 19 May 2013not sure what I expected when I rented this but I expected a bit more than what I got. it is just rubbish
Not a challenge but entertainingBy Bimbo123456 (6 reviews) , 09 May 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideEntertaining family viewing. A bit predictable, but good nevertheless. The CGI work was good, put me in mind of the Star Wars modern films when dealing with the aliens
Do not rentBy a customer , 07 May 2013This film is appalling...I did not expect much when I rented it given the mauling it got from the critics but the kids wanted to see it. Even with poor expectations, it failed to meet those! One of the worst films I have ever seen
They made a great film! Shame about the titleBy TheFilmWanderer (2 reviews) , 30 Apr 2013The title doesn't do the film justice. It's great! Lots of action, adventure, old fashioned romance and a villian - what more could you ask for?? Oh yes, there's lots of monsters and aliens!!