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The Reel Thing– John Carter Film Review of Disney’s John Carter By Hamilton Richardson “Transplanted to Mars, a Civil War vet discovers a lush planet inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians. Finding himself a prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter a princess who is in desperate need of a savior.” (from IMDb.com) The preceding paragraph appears on IMDb.com describing the film, John Carter. As weird as it sounds, the description is totally accurate…and the movie is really very good. John Carter is based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ 11-volume Barsoom series of novels (1912–1943). How a civil war vet finds himself on Mars is a strange occurrence that seems to make sense when you’re watching the film. And Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights) makes the character of John Carter truly his. The acting in the film is very good throughout, even though many of the main characters are CGI creations. Kitsch plays Carter creatively and with wit and charm, all the while playing the hero and in many cases, beating the tar out of the alien bad guys. The SFX in the movie are pretty good and were very important to the story since most of it takes place on a far away planet with a lot of strange creatures and weapons. The overall experience reminded me somewhat of Cowboys and Aliens, which I thought was a good flick. I loved the twist at the end, which has to do with whether John Carter is alive or dead and which planet he’s actually on. John Carter is a Disney production and is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action. The Reel Thing gives John Carter four and a half out of five stars. UPDATE as of 4/21: I just read that John Carter was a colossal failure at the box office…bummer but I still loved it. No accounting for taste.

Posted in Uncategorized by hgwest on September 13, 2012

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