After all the advertisements and curiosity John Carter has finally arrived. In seeing all the ads even I have to admit to asking myself, “Who or what is John Carter?” The character of John Carter was created by Edgar Rice Burroughs (who also created Tarzan) and the stories have influenced many in the Sci-Fi genre including James Cameron and George Lucas.
Directed by Andrew Stanton (WALL-E, Finding Nemo) John Carter not only marks his live film directorial debut, but also what looks to be the first in a series of films. Following the stranger in a strange land type of story John Carter, who is played by Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), is a former confederate soldier who is transported to the planet of Barsoom (or Mars as we know it) where he gains super powers, earns the trust of an alien race, falls in love with royalty, and battles to save the planet from a tyrant.
With this being the first in a possible new series of films, we follow John Carter as he discovers his powers and as he learns what the planet of Barsoom/Mars has in store for him. We also have very few glimpses into Carter’s past to keep up an air of mystery surrounding the character, but also giving us more to look forward to in the future stories.
With a setting that combines elements to steampunk, Sci-Fi, and even some western thrown in, everything is done on an epic scale. The action is intense and also spread out so the viewer is not overwhelmed. There are even some bits of humor thrown in for good measure, especially the scenes with Carter and his new found dog-like alien friend. While the movie is also shot for 3D it is not just for cheap in your face effects. The 3D elements are used like in Avatar where the 3D is used to enhance the sets and surrounding, also to give you a more in depth look at the vastness of the planet.
John Carter is a movie that will give the viewer a sense wonder and most of all sense of fun at the movies. It has the look and feel of something that would be released in the summer movie season. Disney was wise though to not let it get lost in the summer movie shuffle as many movies like this tend to do. However, if this is a preview of what is in store this summer we are in for a great season of movies.Last 5 posts by Francis Sky
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