Movie Review: John Carter

Directed by Andrew Stanton

This movie bombed at the box office. Might as well get that out of the way at the begin­ning. It was a finan­cial disaster. That, however, has very little to do with the movie itself. Put aside the stupid naming and the bizarre adver­tising choices. Lets look at the movie itself.

The movie is actu­ally remark­ably faithful in tone to the book Princess of Mars even while changing some of the specifics. Instead of trying to update Edgar Rice Burroughs vision, it simply embraces it. And that’s prob­ably my favorite thing about it. The crea­tures and devices are fantas­tical and the scale of the cities is epic.

There’s also plenty of action. Sword fights, flying, jumping. It’s all there. And the plot, while simplistic (it’s a block­buster) is easy enough to follow.

It’s the char­ac­ters where things fall down. Outside of John Carter and Dejah Thoris have decent char­acter arcs, but no one else gets devel­oped at all.

Strangely John Carter seems both too long and too short at the same time. At 2 hours 20 minutes the story drags at times, yet some aspects feel like they were never prop­erly fleshed out.

Person­ally I think I would have cut down the framing story to a minimum and used that time to build up the secondary char­ac­ters a bit more.

Overall then it’s a fun movie, but ulti­mately not very memo­rable. The best I can say for it is that it did inspire me to add the Barsoom series to my reading list.

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