[Movie Review] John Carter

Hi Huneybees,

Thanks to Disney Singapore and Nuffnang, I could catch John Carter before it's official launch! It was my wedding anniversary that day too and I was super glad that I was given a pair of tickets, so I could share this moment with hubby too!

A century ago (February 1912), Edgar Rice Burroughs' fantasy adventure, 'Under the Moons of Mars' began to be serialised in a magazing called The All-Story. The serial was about a former American Civil War soldier transported to Mars and plunged into a conflict between its various races.It was collected into a novel called 'A Princess of Mars' and got publishes in October 1917. That novel is the basis for the film John Carter, starring Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins and Willem Dafoe.

The Marvel title is a full-colour, hardcover graphic novel collecting its 1977-1979 series of comics by writer Mary Wolfman. It includes tart from (among others) the late Dave Cockrum, known to X-Men fans as the co-creator of Storm, Nightcrawler and Colossus.

The movie John Carter followed closely to the comic and together with the help of modern technology, the comic came alive in this new blockbuster.

Taylor Kitsch as John Carter.
Lynn Collins as Princess Dejah Thoris
Synopsis of the movie:
From Academy Award®–winning 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.

My take on the movie:

I like this movie as the storyline is pretty interesting, not only was it a action packed movie, the producers did not forget to add in some romance and humor; also alot of reference to actual Mars is made. But both hubby and me couldn't resist comparing this movie to that of Star Wars. Probably 'coz we grew up watching Star Wars?

Like above, the Tharks reminded us alot of Jar Jar Binks (except stronger), there were also moments of the Force and podracing. Me and hubby were literally shouting out the moments to each other while watching the movie. There was also alot of moments that reminded us of  '300', 'Avatar' & 'Clash of the Titans'. It felt a little like the grand mash-up of all these movies.

The 3D works and make-believe world of Barsoom (Mars) is so real that it makes one believe that life on Mars is possible and that aliens DO exist. Some parts of the movie are pretty predictable, not much of a climax, except for the little twist towards the end of the movie. 

One thing I love is the body of both the lead actor, Taylor and actress, Lynn. Not only are there packs of muscles to drool over, for once, the lead actress is not just some pretty figure, sweet dolls. Lynn had muscles at all the right places, she fought like a warrior and I bet her deep sultry voice would have made lots of guys dreaming... :D

I give the movie 3.5 out of 5 popcorns.

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