Movie Review: John Carter

Movie Synopsis:

From filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes John Carter-a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). John Carter is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands. — (C) Walt Disney

Walt Disney’s John Carter is one of the movie that I anticipated to watch this year. I liked Taylor Kitsch when I first saw him playing my favorite mutant “Gambit” in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. And it’s good that he’s back, and this time in a big starring role as John Carter.

The action sequences are generally well-executed except acting-wise, it’s just passable. The movie reminds me of the classic Planet of the Apes, Spiderman, Prince of Persia, Star Wars, and that’s a bad thing because it only shows that the movie is not registering to me. But it’s not really that bad. It’s not as serious as you think it is as humors are everywhere in this film whether it is intentional or not.

I am not sure as well if the movie fails in terms of excellent 3D effects or it’s just the iMAX screen that’gets blurry most of the time. But there are obvious scenes that you can say it’s shot in studio only. The two actors, Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins, doesn’t click to me as well. They don’t have that ‘spark’ and they actually looked older for their characters. But Lynn Collins is actually hot especially in her ‘wedding gown’ which according to her is vulgar for her taste.

Story-wise, John Carter is engaging. And if you will like this movie, you might anticipate for a sequel or a series if it become a blockbuster hit worldwide. One thing for sure, John Carter never bruises. And he sure have great talent in jumping. :-p

“John Carter” opens in the Philippines on Friday, March 9 in IMAX 3D, Digital 3D and regular theatres under Walt Disney Studios.

Movie still courtesy of Walt Disney Studios. Special thanks to Mr. Jay Gonzales for the movie invites.

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