Monday, April 2, 2012


Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter was marketed as a possible start of a franchise but it did not live to it expectations. It is not that bad but not that good as well. When I watched John Carter I was lost into what kind of world it was trying to portray. It seems like a bag full of everything. When the film started, I am not sure what I am watching. There were scenes reminiscent of Prince of Persia. There were some creatures that looked like you are in Star Wars. Even some scenes feel like Clash of the Titans, Avatar or Conan. In a completely mixed up storyline like this, I was hoping that the fight scenes and the visuals would at least do justice - and yes they did quite okay.

The film is one of the duds I have seen in a while but not really extremely bad as others want to put it. Aside from the substandard plot and writing, the film lacked star power. Taylor Klitsch as John Carter was just not fit. I was like - who the? Lynn Collins as the love interest of John Carter's character was also somehow lost in the woods. I really am not sure if she's portraying a traditional damsel in distress or a strong woman ready to kick butt. Add them together and they have a chemistry that is equal to zero.

There were also a lot of subplots within the film and some of the comic antics were quite uncalled for. The books from which the film was based has a lot of promise but it was not translated into the big screen, creating a chaotic viewing that offer occassional guilty pleasures - sexy people around. Other than that John Carter did not really give something to marvel on. This one's a paltry 3 out of 5 popcorns.

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