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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