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From Academy Award® - winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton (Best Animated Film, WALL-E, 2008) comes John Carter - a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). Based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic novel, John Carter is a war-weary, former military captain who’s inexplicably transported to Mars and reluctantly becomes embroiled in an epic conflict. It’s a world on the brink of collapse, and Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands. Stunning special effects, great characters and villains - John Carter is a heroic and inspirational adventure that will thrill you beyond imagination.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 219
- Fresh: 111
- Rotten: 108
- Average Rating: 5.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Messy and chaotic ... but also colorful and kind of fun.
Rotten: The villains are overwrought and the design of Mars is surprisingly bland.
Rotten: A mess.
Fresh: Though messy and overlong, it's an enjoyable throwback to the movie spectacles of a more innocent age.
AN AMBITIOUS SCI-FI ADVENTURE!
As far as action-fantasy blockbusters go, "John Carter" is one of the most enjoyable offerings I've seen in the past few years. It manages to pay tribute to many large-scale, big-budget movies of the past, while also staying consistently faithful to its source material. Yes, the story does have its flaws here and there, but the stunning visuals and fantastic character animation are just about enough to compensate. In fact, the beautiful imagery itself is what mainly helped this film stand on its own to begin with.
Based on the classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, "John Carter" follows the story of the titular character (Taylor Kitsch), a war-weary, former military captain who is inexplicably transported to the planet of Barsoom (Mars). While there, he becomes embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including an alien leader named Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the beautiful Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity and his destiny when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.
Although the acting is nothing to rave about, Kitsch does a surprisingly great job on his own as the lead character, despite the fact that his dialogue can become tiresome after a while. Lynn Collins also delivers a striking performance as the princess of Barsoom with her commanding presence, as does Dafoe, who makes for a surprisingly believable alien. And even some of the other characters, while not very memorable, are fun to watch whenever they're on screen. On a different note, I was a little disappointed by the story. The pacing felt uneven at times and the plot was usually too incomprehensible to follow along with. But in the end, it's the action that counts here, and boy does it count! The battle sequences are truly epic in scale and quality, and there's a surprisingly large amount of bloodshed throughout (although none of it is red). For a Disney film, "John Carter" can get pretty intense and violent at times, but it's all in good fun. With its astounding special effects and strong visual palette, it's a blast to watch from beginning to end!
It's a shame that this movie performed so poorly here in the US than it did overseas, because it really is a well-crafted action-adventure. Director Andrew Stanton (whose filmography includes "Finding Nemo" and "WALL-E") did a fantastic job bringing Burroughs' epic fantasy world to life, and his creative choice to put style over substance mostly paid off in the long run. And as always, Michael Giacchino didn't disappoint with his brilliant score. Other than the plot's unfortunate convolution and choppy pacing, this is an amazing adventure flick with plenty of pulpy thrills and superb imagery to spare. I wouldn't exactly call "John Carter" a masterpiece, but it's an impressive, marvelously entertaining experience that's definitely worth checking out.
when i went to the theatre to watch this, i wanst expecting much, but it was AMAZING!!! it brought me back to my childhood when i read the book "Transall Saga" which was amazing. Watch this movie, iyou wont regret it!
The best thing about John Carter is that it feels timeless. It's the best movie of its kind since the first Star Wars. Michael Giacchino's score channels John Williams, Lynn Collins is fantastic as Dejah Thoris and the CGI is top notch. The characters are both memorable and likable. Although the action is great, it's the story and the characters that take center stage. Watching this, I felt like a kid again. Some people in my theater even clapped at the end. Can't wait until June 5th!