Directed by: Andrew Stanton
Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Mark Strong
When I saw the first trailer for John Carter during Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and didn’t know what I thought, I never heard of the source material before then so I became curious and read up about it in the most recent months and started to like what I read. I know that it is going to be a tough sell to the general audience due to the subpar marketing, there was never a clear understanding of what the plot was in the trailers other than John Carter being lost on another world but that was about it. I have to say that the movie itself was actually generally well done, with Andrew Stanton’s skill with animation really made the aliens very personable, and even the performance from Taylor Kitsch was a real stepping stone for him and his future career in the industry. Unlike what the trailers insist the movie is more about the the lively hood of the Princess of Mars and how her relationship with John Carter will affect Barsoom (Mars).
The film is largely based on A Princess of Mars, the first novel to feature the hero John Carter. The story was originally serialized over six monthly installments, from February through July 1912, in the pulp magazine The All-Story; those chapters, originally titled “Under the Moons of Mars,” were collected five years later as a hardcover book from publisher A. C. McClurg. In both the novel and film John Carter is a former American Civil War Confederate Army captain who is mysteriously transported to Mars, which is known to its inhabitants as Barsoom. In the course of his first adventures there Carter learns the planet is dying from the loss of its atmosphere and water. Only a peaceful alliance of its intelligent but volatile inhabitants can save all the species of Barsoom from extinction; he sets out to achieve that goal. Beings with the introduction of his nephew Edgar Rice Burroughs (who just happens to be the author of the original books).
The movie itself I was impressed with, the atmosphere and special effects were just down right incredible and the performances from Kitsch and Collins, she did make an incredible hot princess of mars, are also great and they share a lot of chemistry together. The story itself was also great though the villains were very underwritten and the mythos of Barsoom is glanced over but I can deal with that. The thing is it felt like a classic Disney princess film and more recently Prince of Persia but the film manages to overcome those quality and was actually better than Disney’s Prince of Persia. Before I saw this I heard that it was an inspiration for countless other science fiction books and novels (Superman, Avatar, Star Wars, etc.) and it totally shows what inspired what in each of those movies. After the movie I did hear many people saying that it was a rip off of said movies but they had no that it was the other way around and that the Princess of Mars inspired those movies. All in all it is a very well done movie that is enjoyable to the end and shouldn’t be disregarded in anyway. I suggest everyone to see it because it is a much better film than it is played out to be. I will deifinitely be adding this to my blu ray collection when it is released on Blu-ray.
8 out of 10