Transplanted to Mars, a Civil War vet discovers a lush planet inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians. Finding himself a prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter a princess who is in desperate need of a savior.
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This is quite enjoyable. Visually well achieved. Nice screenplay. Not too much action (we do feel there is a movie going on, a plot unfolding, after the first third, and not just fighting and chasing). That thing I just said only applies to movies that present themselves as stories. For instance, Battleroyale is just a slaughter. It does not try to be anything else. Hunger Games, what it is? This, is good fantasy.
Wow, this is a simple delight. I understand the criticism but if you're into genre movie sensibilities as much as I am, you'll have a blast! Its like Land of the Lost without the pot humor and with descent storytelling (which that's not a knock at Land of the Lost (I actually dig that movie)). Just something to smile along with and be engaged with the story.
Admittedly rough around the edges in its need to convey a lot of extraneous narrative, John Carter has nevertheless been unfairly maligned. I honestly can't think of the last time a big-budget adventure film has felt so jubilant and carefree. Maybe the third Indiana Jones movie?
It gets off to an incredibly clunky start, but once things finally do click into place, it's a fairly ripping adventure epic with some genuinely impressive visual design, special effects, and action sequences. Ultimately a very enjoyable pulp blockbuster, and in no way deserving of the relentless smear campaign against it
I don't really 'get' the critical drubbing this film has received, other than the fact that it is indeed an unwholesome amount of money to spend on a piece of pop culture. But taken on its own, "John Carter" is an enjoyable throwback to the era of pulpy sci-fi. The movie is decidedly unpretentious and, unlike say "The Phantom," it has a genuine emotional current to the story that makes the viewer want to care.
Surprisingly strong epic adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic sci-fi novel about a Civil War veteran who finds a portal to Mars, where he is thrust into the middle of a civil war between two feuding civilizations. Classic archetypal heroes populate this grand throwback to a simpler, more old fashioned adventure tale, featuring stunning special effects and a sweeping score by Michael Giacchino.
I enjoyed this movie imensely. Is it a great film, no. But it is the type of enjoyment you would want out of a summer blockbuster, and I dug it. You get involved with the characters and their story, and the action scenes are really well directed. Out of the two live action films directed by a PIXAR employee, this is clearly the better of the two, since it at least tells a coherent story. Go see it!
"John Carter" is an uneven experience, but hits the sweet spot for escapist fantasy in the places where it counts. The giant vistas depicting an alien landscape populated by crazy creatures make it a movie that gives you bang for your buck on the big screen. The dialogue isn't stiff so much as uninteresting, but Andrew Stanton tells the story with the skill that can only come from working at Pixar.