OK… I’ll admit it. I guess I’ve been living under a rock all of these years because I had never heard of “JOHN CARTER” until I began seeing the hype about the movie that come out today. It looked good in the previews, so I wanted to see it just based solely on that. Last night, I saw it in IMAX 3D and I must say, to me, it’s on the level of Avatar in it’s seamless integration of CGI with live action. Here’s the trailer:
“John Carter” was the primary character from a series of books written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, of Tarzan fame. The first book was actually written 100 years ago in 1912. It is the one that this movie is based upon, “A Princess of Mars”. John Carter was a civil war deserter from the calvary who stumbles upon a cave of gold that is being guarded by a creature who he shoots, but as he is dying, the creature is saying a phrase that activates an amulet and upon grabbing that amulet, John Carter’s life force is transported to Mars, known by the Martians as Barsoom.
With Mars’ lesser gravitational pull, Carter discovers that he has increased strength and, almost like Superman, can leap tall buildings in a single bound. He is found by one of 3 factions on Barsoom that are engaged in an ongoing war for domination of the planet. John Carter is a movie that realistically covers all bases. It takes place in the late 1800’s and yet involves everything from cowboy and indian horseback chases to gravity defying flying warships… from bows and arrows and guns to ray gun blasters and a power-sleeve that wields the energy of the “gods”. I love how the story is unfolded from the believable perspective of Edgar Rice Burroughs, as if he is telling the story that has been entrusted to him by his eccentric uncle John, reading it from his journal.
To me, the whole movie and story was brilliant and very well done! I hope there are many more sequels! It certainly did NOT seem like I was sitting at a typical “Disney” movie. There have been many reviewers and critics write bad reviews about JOHN CARTER, but as usual, what they didn’t like, I loved. They get too embroiled in technicals and analyzing everything too much instead of just watching a movie for the entertainment value. I feel sorry for them that they are always looking for the BAD THINGS in life or in a movie instead of finding the good! Go see JOHN CARTER and make up your own mind! I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
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