Movie Review: John Carter (2012)

Disney's John Carter 2012 film movie poster Malaysia

Malaysia release date: 8 March 2012
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Science fiction adventure
Running Time: 2 Hours 12 Minutes
Director: Andrew Stanton
Cast: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong

Synopsis: “John Carter of Mars brings this captivating hero to the big screen in a stunning adventure epic set on the wounded planet of Mars, a world inhabited by warrior tribes and exotic desert beings. Based on the first of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Barsoom Series,” the film chronicles the journey of Civil-War veteran John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who finds himself battling a new and mysterious war amidst a host of strange Martian inhabitants, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins)” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures).

Verdict: John Carter may not live up to the classic epic Barsoom series by the late legendary author Edgar Rice Burroughs and is absolutely a forgettable film. Without a doubt, there will definitely be better adaptations in the future. However, the movie’s still quite a fun ride for me. I find it entertaining, hilarious and visually Final Fantasy-like (popular Japanese RPG video game with impressive designs and CG). I also failed to recognise any flaws of the plot. If only they had the dialogues slightly better written, then it wouldn’t be as cheesy. But I guess it’s Disney after all and it’s Andrew Stanton’s first time involving in a non-animation. Well done.

Taylor Kitsch as John Carter: Thought he fit the role quite well. At many points during the film, I imagined him portraying Jack White (musician).

To watch in 3D? It would definitely make it more enjoyable. But please go to a cinema that has IMAX otherwise it could be pointless like most of the time. *cough*bad glass reflections*cough*not much 3-D effects*

Second opinion: “Interesting to watch, a lot of surprises and funny” (Iris Loong).

Rating: 3.5 / 5

Most hilarious scene: “Suck,” asks Tars Tarkas, which means ‘jump’ in his language. The confused John Carter questions, “Suck?” Tars Tarkas goes on saying, “Succccck!” before John Carter finally agrees to do so.

Typical villain: Explains everything to the titular protagonist, giving him the time and opportunity to escape instead of just killing him off when he easily could.

The ending: Back on Earth, John Carter manages to trick a Thern into appearing before him. He kills the Thern to take and use his medallion to teleport to Mars again, where he calls home at this point. The film ends with the line “John Carter of Mars” before the closing credits roll. With Matai Shang still ruling Barsoom and Carter’s wife Dejah Thoris presumably held captive, a sequel is very likely to happen.

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  1. Psylancer

    People of Helium speaks good English, trolololol.
    I sensed a little of Avatar and Star Wars in the movie as well, and oh, the awakening in Barsoom reminded me of Cowboys vs Alien scene where James Bond woke up in the middle of the desert.

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