|Kind of looks like one movie saga that started in 1977|
I really did not know what to expect after the somewhat uninspiring trailers. I also did not want to peek at other critics' responses until after viewing this film.After writing the following review, I have a very differing opinion than other critics. There is a lot here that had me pleasantly surprised. For one, I enjoyed seeing such a huge character arc from the titular character. When we meet John Carter, we don't really have much reason to like him because he doesn't give a damn about anyone or any cause. We don't even see why he is bitter until around the final act. Despite some huge craters in logic and science, there are a few things that ring true about the hero. In a way, John Carter is more believable as an action hero than the vast majority we are asked to believe. Why? Because this Civil War vet is obviously out of his mind, fearless, and ready to throw-down with anyone and any thing right from the get-go. Give this guy some extraordinary super-human abilities and he can actually use it right away, where as most would still carry over their mortal fear. It was a welcome change from the mopey teenager super hero role we've been getting fed or even the current emotionally balanced Bruce Wayne archetype. I must also say that a lot hinges on the strength of the ending of this story and I found the conclusion to be very satisfying.
|Lynn Collins as Princess Dejah|
This is a first-time live-action directorial debut from Andrew Stanton (Wall-E) and I think he does a pretty decent job. Like I said, I found this movie highly enjoyable. It is period, fantasy, and sci-fi. It was meant to be a ride for your imagination and the movie does that, even if it doesn't carry a lot of visual originality. Still, there is character development here that George Lucas somehow forgot to write about by the time he got to the Star Wars prequels. This is what makes a story breathe! The score feels like kind of a throwback to a simpler time, which seems to fit pretty well.
The 3D version is obviously done in post, so it isn't quite as natural as if it were naively shot that way. It is still pretty decent and makes the ride a little more fun if you already are partial to 3D. It is not good enough to win over someone who doesn't like 3D in the first place.