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Movie Review: "John Carter"

"John Carter" (Walt Disney Pictures)

Let me say this loud and clear. I enjoyed "John Carter," the new Disney movie. After all the negatives pouring out around it I expected to be bored to tears or only mildly entertained. Instead I found myself enjoying the adventure, the romance and the comedy of it. And I stayed entertained until the end which was some two hours and twenty minutes later.

What did I like about the movie? I liked the plot which is based on an Edgar Rice Burroughsí novel A PRINCESS OF MARS. In the story John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) is a Confederate veteran of the Civil War. He has moved on after the War and is searching for a fabled cave of gold. When he finds it he also finds a way of transportation to Mars.

When he arrives on Mars he doesnít know where he is. It takes a while before he understand this vast planet is Mars, a place where he can breathe the air and can take huge bounding leaps due to the lack of gravity. In short order he meets up with a group of beings known as the Tharks. They are very thin and have four arms. In truth they look like ìStar Warsî Jar Jar Binksí cousins.

Later he meets a beautiful woman named Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins), who is a princess of Mars. He decides to help her in her battle with another tribe on the planet. The evil ones are led by Sab Than (Dominic West). He is determined to marry Dejah Thoris and wipe out her people. This conflict is the crux of the story.

What else did I like about the movie? I liked the actors. Kitsch and Collins make a hugely romantic couple who capture the hearts of the viewers. Kitsch is rugged and handsome, while Collins is beautiful and adventuresome. She can handle herself in any battle and fights side by side with Kitsch.

Samantha Morton, Thomas Haden Church and Willem Dafoe provide voices for three of the Tharks and they are perfect for the characters. Ciaran Hines is impressive as Dejah Thorisí father, while Cooper snarls as their enemy Sab Than.

The movie is rated PG-13 for violence.

ìJohn Carterî is a planet crossing adventure for the family. It has enough excitement, enough romance, enough action and enough humor to keep everyone in the audience entertained. If you like big action movies full of great special effects and charismatic characters then this is the movie for you. At least it was the movie for me.

I scored "John Carter" a trans planet 7 out of 10.

Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures

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