Andrew Stanton’s John Carter of Mars (2012) Movie Review (First On Net)


Director: Andrew Stanton

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Starring: Bryan Cranston, Ciaran Hinds, Daryl Sabara, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Lynn Collins, Mark Strong, Polly Walker, Samantha Morton, Taylor Kitsch, Thomas Hayden Church, Willem Dafoe.

Runtime: 132 minutes

Censor Certificate: U/A

Watched Special Premier at Prasadz

The first “John Carter” story by Edgar Rice Burroughs made its debut in 1912 (A Princess of Mars) in a magazine serial. Thus, the 2012 feature film marks the centenary (100th anniversary) of the character’s first appearance. Let’s check out the review for more details.

The movie starts when John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) transplanted to Mars, a Civil War vet discovers a lush planet inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians., where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in an epic conflict amongst the planet’s inhabitants, 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 lies in his hands.

Taylor Kitsch is fine in his role as John carter. He needed to improve his performance in emotional and romantic scenes. He is one of the leading actors who are ideal for teenage flicks. Lynn Collins looks good as the princes of Mars, She did well and rests of the characters were okay. A better cast could have raised the bars of some scenes.

Dialogues are stale and predictable. Cinematography by Daniel Mindel is First Rate. Music by Micheal Giacchino lacks kick. The bad editing (Eric Zumbrunnen) shows up in the film in the first half. They should have trimmed more than 20 minutes of scenes from the movie easily. Art work is worth applause. The Visual effects were impressive, but it is nothing when it’s compared to Visual wonder films like Avatar, Lord of The Rings, Harry Potter.

One thing that you will get attracted to is the Alien Dog in the film. It’s reminded us of HUTCH ad in Mars background.

Andrew Stanton seems to have got inspired looking at Avatar type Subjects and he tried to imitate them with story of A princess of Mars. But he failed to make any impact with the script. It’s very lose and uninspiring.

First half of the movie is boring, with some funny scenes as he enters Mars (Walking and Virginia scenes), second starts flat but tries to arrest us from pre climax Visuals and Action episodes. Positives of john carter are Visuals Effects, Lead characters, Cinematography and on the flip side its outdated inspirations, Dragging Screenplay, narration. On the whole john Carter is Predictable Period Drama with a lot of BORING episodes. I still can’t believe the director of Wall-E, Finding Nemo directed John Carter. It’s not worth your ticket skip it in Theatres.

Even now if you are planning to watch John Carter in theatres at any cost, make sure you see it in 2D. 3D didn’t really add to the experience.

Survi Review: 2/5 (rated “1” More for the Visual Effects)

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One thought on “Andrew Stanton’s John Carter of Mars (2012) Movie Review (First On Net)

  1. hmm, i saw the movie it’s entertaining climax ended cool and good it could be given 2.5/5 coz of variation’s in planet’s visualisation

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