Wednesday, March 7, 2012

John Carter (2012) Movie Review

Had the chance to catch John Carter tonight courtesy of Hitz.FM

John Carter (2012)
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.

Before watching the movie I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into, and the title itself does not shed any light on it either. If I were to scroll across movie titles in a shop the title John Carter would strike me as a spy-type of movie (akin to James bond and the likes).

But I digress, John Carter is the story about a man who was somehow brought to Mars and is caught between a war between two nations (and a third race) and initially he does not want to have any part in it, but as we all know things will never go the way protagonist wants it.

Also when in Mars, John discovers he has extraordinary powers which enables him to perform unimaginable feats like jumping absurdly far and superhuman strengths.

Which at this point I recall a similar Doraemon adventure with a similar premise.

The overall story development was rather draggy (Movie runtime was 2 hour long but it felt like 2 and a half), borrows a couple of key moments from movies like Star Wars (imprisoned and forced to fight a monster, the use of pod racers) and before the final confrontation the protagonist had to do the obligatory war inspiring speech, I kid you not, his face was covered in blue blood. I half expected him to end with the word Freedom (coughBraveheartcoughreference).

With a development budget of 250 million dollars, it felt like the movie was going in many directions, there's a conspiracy plot, an Avatar'esque scene, a half-assed attempt at romance. It was also lacking in action scenes and the environments/city was rather dull.

And like all Walt Disney productions, there's no prize in guessing the nature of the ending.

Rating : 6/10

There's potential for the movie but it somewhat shot itself at the foot with it's many direction. Also they should have given some back story on how he amassed such riches which enabled him to fund all his escapades in searching for the medallion.

I'm hopeful for a sequel though. Or maybe a John Carter Disney ride.

Comedic relief : The cute creature that acts like a dog definitely.


missyblurkit said...

Woola was one of my fave characters!

Ryan said...

They deliberately made him cute as a distraction