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|
|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 (44 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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Ha, what was they thinking, i can only assume it was tax fiddle!By Bigmelonface (1 review) , 03 Jul 2013This film is that bad it is embarrassing, i have no idea what they spent the MASSIVE budget on!! its not even straight to TV standard, i cringed for all involved thinking that they had to sit through the premier, my god!! How on earth it was made so bad is beyond me.
Better Than ExpectedBy a customer , 02 Jul 2013John Carter was much better than I was expecting, it's a typical good Disney film, good storyline and action packed, the only criticism is that it's far longer than it needs to be.
Better than expected, but not greatBy a customer , 30 Jun 2013Interesting mix of Conan the Barbarian, Star Wars and Inidana Jones. I think they've overestimated the physics of being able to jump higher on Mars than on Earth. Some of the script is quite rubbish, but in general, the film was a decent romp in fantasy and science fiction land. The special effects are quite good, but not the best I've seen. Despite the down sides, this was an enjoyable, if not overly memorable film. Certainly a lot better than the panning it was given by the critics.
I feel 12 all over againBy a customer , 27 Jun 2013this is a great story written before we had gone into space so yes with age on enlightenment it is a bit naff but watched for what it is and remember written by the same man who gave us tarzan this is brilliant and yes what every young boy wants in a film big monsters (scary but not too scary) pretty girls and a hero what more do u want.
It's Space Opera, Jim - not Aida!By Robinski (180 reviews) from Glasgow , 22 Jun 2013Ignore the sniping campaign that beset John Carter from before it was even released and watch this movie through the lens of some important facts. Edgar Rice Burroughs' first story was serialised in 1912, and he invented much of the language of modern SF stories, arguably doing more than anyone to create the Space Opera form that long after spawned Star Trek, Star Wars and all that followed them. To say that we have seen before most of what Andrew Stanton puts on screen is a narrow view, and to say that it is confusing implies a conscious unwillingness to put some thought into following the story (that's you, Dr. Kermode). It's sad to think that we will probably not see any of the other books now, all because of the deliberately constructed scuttlebutt designed to sabotage the film. Mark Strong and James Purefoy have both alluded to this in interview and how completely disproportionate that opprobrium was. Those of us who are fans can only hope that John Carter becomes the long term success that it deserves to be, it's a cracking adventure movie, Lynn Collins is every inch the feisty Martian princess and definitely could take Princess Leia in a fight (no blasters allowed). The cast is filled out with a mighty throng of British thesps, including the aforementioned plus Samantha Morton, Ciaran Hinds and Dominic West, and the mighty Bryan Cranston and Thomas Haden Church are also present. But what about Taylor Kitsch? Well he does just fine, the role is not taxing and he's got the muscles for it, I mean come on, it's space opera, not Aida.