Sunday, March 11, 2012

John Carter-review

“John Carter” is a strange movie.  At times the action is great and the scenes are lovely but on the other hand the story can be interminably slow at times. The aliens look cool.  The battle scenes are well done when the movie gets around to having them. All in all, there is not enough substance here to make this an epic film.

Ex-Confederate soldier John Carter, played by Taylor Kitsch, is escaping the Union military and Indians when he is teleported to Mars.  There he discovers that the change in gravity allows him to be very strong and jump incredible distances.  He attracts the attention of various aliens and is drawn into their battles.  Will he ever get home? Will he want to return home after he gets the attention of the Princess of Mars?

This movie had a mix of pleasant and unpleasant aspects. The art style and cinematography of the movie is really cool.  The mix of technology with sword and sorcery is really fantastic.  However, there is a lot of mundane dialogue that will make a person loose interest fast.  It seems like they should have given this more of a run though in the editing room to make sure all scenes are absolutely necessary. 

As a whole the movie is okay.  It’s not one I would really say is worth the ticket price though.  The themes of this story have been borrowed by so many sources over the years that much of it will seem very familiar.  I’d wait for a rental if you were curious about seeing this movie.  At the very least, it was a colorful take on a sci-fi classic that has been around for over a hundred years.

1 comment:

  1. Despite occasional moments of silliness, the old-fashioned sense of adventure and brilliantly rendered aliens elevate this above other derivative big-budget sci-fi fare. I still wished that Kitsch did a lot better in this lead role but he was only there for eye-candy really. Good review. What also stinks is that this flick probably won’t make back any of its 250 million dollar budget. Give my review a look when you can.