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John Carter

Featuring: Bryan Cranston, Mark Strong & Taylor Kitsch

Format: DVD | Rating: 12 years & over

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  watch it and make up your own mind

| | See all alitown's reviews (11)

The only issue John Carter faces is that you think you have witnessed much of the story before. However after reminding myself that the source material came years before Star Wars, Stargate, Avatar, Indiana Jones and just about every other sci-fi film of the last thirty years, it transformed into what was a very enjoyable ride. In fact the CGI characters are some of the best realised on film. Some of the names and language is very much from the realm of the novel, but I never found it embarrassing to watch.It also benefits by not having major A list stars, but actors that play their roles with conviction. It may well with hindsight go on to be a foundly watched family film for years to come

  John Carter.

| | See all Kevin1075's reviews (754)

To be honest, I'm not that concerned if James Cameron and George Lucas took inspiration from the Carter books for their own films. It neither diminishes their films (and I enjoyed 'Star Wars' and 'Avatar' as films more than 'John Carter' anyway) nor elevates 'John Carter' because while the films themselves might all share similar story elements..................'John Carter' is still sadly a muddled and a less enjoyable film at the end of the day.

It really just means because 'John Carter' is coming up at the rear of the pack so long after Lucas (four decades too late in his case) and Cameron put out their films that everything in 'John Carter' feels tired, rehashed and at times forced. That's undeniably unfortunate for it from the sense that it told the story first. But it remains a fact the film can't overcome the way it's executed.

Andrew Stanton (making his live action debut after huge success with Pixar) clearly struggles to transition from one form to the other and the film's structure and plotting are messy to say the least. Add in a very underwhelming leading man in the form of Taylor Kitsch as the titular Carter himself and what you have here is in some ways a nearly $300 million dollar vanity project made by a director who can't keep it all together properly.

There are plusses to the film in as much as the world of Barsoom is beautifully well realised (even if some of the CGI effects maybe aren't quite as good as some are claiming, I have seen better including those in 'Avatar') and there's obviously a lot of additional story and events that could have been allowed to play out if the film had been less of a financial disaster. As it is, a franchise and continuation of the story seems very unlikely, alongside the chance to fix some of the serious problems in this film.

A bit of a shame, but that's how it goes sometimes.

  Wasn't what I expected

| | See all tombiddy's reviews (40)

This is one of those sort of movies where I really wanted to like it and as much as I tried and I really did try it was just so awful in my opinion. I don't know how I saw it through to the end but I had spent the money and that's the only reason I did. It didn't help matters that they said it was Star Wars for a new generation. In my eyes Stars Wars is unique and nothing can compare to it. Moving on to the film itself I thought the acting was bad and they tried too big a plot into a 2 hour movie. I felt Carter's back story hadn't been explained very well and you were left confused which made it even harder to follow the story when you were trying to work out what had just happened in the scene before.

  Wasn't what I expected

| | See all Biddy87's reviews (40)

This is one of those sort of movies where I really wanted to like it and as much as I tried and I really did try it was just so awful in my opinion. I don't know how I saw it through to the end but I had spent the money and that's the only reason I did. It didn't help matters that they said it was Star Wars for a new generation. In my eyes Stars Wars is unique and nothing can compare to it. Moving on to the film itself I thought the acting was bad and they tried too big a plot into a 2 hour movie. I felt Carter's back story hadn't been explained very well and you were left confused which made it even harder to follow the story when you were trying to work out what had just happened in the scene before.

  ONE SMALL STEP FOR MAN, ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MARTIANKIND!

| | See all SECTION8's reviews (1336)

This is a film that was almost impossible to market due to it's title, John Carter Of Mars would keep the women away John Carter and the Martian princess would kep them all away, so Disney settled on John Carter and everyone stayed away. Disney now have to lick their wounds and brace for a predicted 200 Million Dollar loss, but to honest this is not a reflection of the movies quality. John Carter is a good old fashioned bit of escapism. With a good cast, amazing looking sets, fantastic special effects, the price tag of the film is all to see on the big screen, but with all of this there is a price and that sits with the story. After setting things up nicely on the American great plains just after the civil war the film shoots John off to Mars to fight against another power mad race under some kind of mind control. The film then begins to drag on with nice effects to liven things up and only to get the pace back on track in the final quarter. It seems the film may have been butchered in the editing process as there is some good moments of a hinted much darker back story, but is never told, maybe to explained in what was supposed to be Disney's new franchise. It's a pity as what should have been outstanding just is happy to be watchable and forgettable and as for the Box-Office a franchise seems very unlikely, which is a pity as I would have liked to see another adventure with John What's His Face.
See If you like......
The Phantom Menace.
Attack Of The Clones.
Waterworld.
Cowboys and Aliens.

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  ONE SMALL STEP FOR MAN, ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MARTIANKIND!

| | See all MovieAddict's reviews (1336)

This is a film that was almost impossible to market due to it's title, John Carter Of Mars would keep the women away John Carter and the Martian princess would kep them all away, so Disney settled on John Carter and everyone stayed away. Disney now have to lick their wounds and brace for a predicted 200 Million Dollar loss, but to honest this is not a reflection of the movies quality. John Carter is a good old fashioned bit of escapism. With a good cast, amazing looking sets, fantastic special effects, the price tag of the film is all to see on the big screen, but with all of this there is a price and that sits with the story. After setting things up nicely on the American great plains just after the civil war the film shoots John off to Mars to fight against another power mad race under some kind of mind control. The film then begins to drag on with nice effects to liven things up and only to get the pace back on track in the final quarter. It seems the film may have been butchered in the editing process as there is some good moments of a hinted much darker back story, but is never told, maybe to explained in what was supposed to be Disney's new franchise. It's a pity as what should have been outstanding just is happy to be watchable and forgettable and as for the Box-Office a franchise seems very unlikely, which is a pity as I would have liked to see another adventure with John What's His Face.
See If you like......
The Phantom Menace.
Attack Of The Clones.
Waterworld.
Cowboys and Aliens.

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  So much better than the reviews say

| | See all Filmboy67's reviews (4)

I was not expecting much from this due to the slating in had in the reviews, but I absolutely loved it. The Mummy meets Price of Persia on Mars

  a must see

| | See all PsyJames's reviews (1)

Despite being a box office flop, this one really surprised me by being a really great movie. From the very start 'till the end; pure entertainment.

  Confusing to start with, but..

| | See all 89654123's reviews (56)

Confusing to start with, but turns out to be a decent flick. It's a long story, with a US Civil War veteran suddenly transported to Mars (called Barsoom by the natives there). There he is engaged by three opposing cultures who are at war with each other. He sides with the human-like people and the story goes on from there.

The story is far too muddled and confusing at the start.. I got the feeling that I was expected to know the characters history and backstory prior to watching the film, but this isn't Lord of the Rings, and I had no idea that John Carter was taken from a series of books.

I felt the editing was all over the place at the start, which confused things even more.

So, in closing, it's certainly worth a watch, as the film gets better as it develops, and the effects are probably the best ever. It looks amazing and puts even Avatar's effects to shame. It's just a shame that the first third of the movie is so confusing storywise.

  rubbish!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

| | See all vickyrey1's reviews (1)

After reading the "great" reviews I decided to buy this film having never heard of it, oh boy how I wish I hadn't!!!!!
It's a VERY poor mix of Star Wars and Star Trek, poor acting and no chemistry. My friend and I love all films sci-fi but not this one.