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Review: John Carter

March 27, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 192

Edgar Rice Burroughs was an accomplished author back in the early to mid 1900′s. His most famous creation is probably legendary hero Tarzan. He also created a character named John Carter and had a series of books about him and his adventures that ran from 1912 to 1943. Walt Disney Pictures has decided to take the character and one of his stories to start what they hope to be a successful film franchise. The first in the potential franchise is aptly named John Carter.

John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) is a Civil War veteran who wakes up in a mysterious world filled with strange creatures. Not knowing where he is, he wanders around and also finds out that he has developed a few powers and abilities that he didn't have before. After meeting Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe), he becomes entangled in an adventure that he wasn't expecting. Carter then runs into even more danger and intrigue when he meets Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins), a princess of this world that believes he can help save her planet from what appears to be an unbeatable force.

When you have an action movie, you can usually look forward to a good amount of action right? Well you'd be wrong in the case of John Carter. This movie is filled with way more talking than it needed and it actually contained very little action to go along with it. These scenes with nothing but talking are drawn out and really bring the movie down several notches. They also make the movie much longer than it had to be. Movies that feature this much dialog need good and/or charismatic characters to carry it, but the characters in John Carter fall on the opposite side of that request.

These guys were boring and they never even showed any real emotion. Having a bunch of actors putting on wooden performances carry your movie verbally is not a very smart thing to do, but that's exactly what happened in John Carter. I've seen many of these actors put on better performances than this, so I can't say that most of these guys can't do any better than what they did. This movie never allows you to get into the characters, because the characters themselves were boring and lacked any real energy or personality. They weren't engaging at all and as I said earlier, they didn't really do much outside of talk and make a few bad jokes every now and then.

John Carter is basically your run of the mill action movie, but with less action. Nothing out of the ordinary is done in this movie. As a matter of fact, almost everything that happens is something that we've already seen millions of times before. If you're going to be repetitive in terms of what you put in a movie, make it interesting and at least attempt to make it your own by adding a slightly different spin on things from time to time. Nothing like that happened here and that was one of the bad things in this movie.

There's something that I don't understand when it comes to these types of movies based in outer space. All of the humanoid aliens have British accents and why is that always the case in these movies? Are there any aliens out there with French accents? Or what about aliens with accents from the southern parts of the United States? That's something that has always baffled me and I can't quite find a reasonable explanation for it either.

Aside from the fact that all of the humanoid aliens are British, I also noticed that they're all white as well. I literally think there was like one non-white humanoid alien in the entire movie and I don't think it would be possible to explain where she came from. I don't know, maybe she was from a planet that only has black people on it and she just came by for a visit or something? What ever the case may be, those two things stood out to me.

The two best parts of John Carter were the beginning and the end. Everything else in between was in between mediocre and well below average, with most of it being closer to well below average. This movie was dry and contained average action at best. They didn't really deliver on anything they could have and the only above average part about it was the film's soundtrack.

When someone spends hundreds of million of dollars to make a movie, it's best if they actually make it a good one. It would also help if they put a good marketing campaign behind it. Those just happen to be two of the many things missing from John Carter. If they do come out with a sequel, I hope they take the time to create a better film all around. We're going to need better and more action, less talking, characters that actually make facial expressions and a movie that's less of a mess overall. I don't know how successful this first one will be, but it probably won't bring in too many new fans of the franchise.

Score: 1.5/5

Rating: PG-13

Director: Andrew Stanton

Cast: Taylor Kitsch Lynn Collins Willem Dafoe Dominic West Mark Strong Samantha Morton Thomas Haden Church Ciarán Hinds

Film Length: 132 minutes

Release Date: March 9, 2012

Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures

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