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Siskoid's avatar


John Carter's lack of success at the box office must have a lot to do with marketing (the title, for example, is terrible), because I thoroughly enjoyed its mixture of SF and fantasy, and while I know there are some important differences from Edgar Rice Burrough's book, there are very weird and wonderful things that could only have been spawned in the novels. Director Andrew Stanton's animation background is both a quality and a flaw, breathing real emotion into the CG characters, but also giving them a slightly cartoony look. But that's a minor complaint because the hero's journey is well done, the characters engaging, Utah-as-Mars impressive, and the action scenes exciting. I was particularly impressed by the editing, used for both comic and tragic effect to perfection. Big effects spectaculars often have a soporific effect on me, but not John Carter.
8 years 8 months ago
ChrisReynolds's avatar


Slow and turgid for most of the running time, with characters giving long infodump speeches that seemed to introduce a new alien term in every line. The film only really gets into gear about 30 minutes from the end with some fun action scenes, but by then it's too little too late.
11 years 7 months ago
dpanter's avatar


Dial down your expectations and leave your brain at the door, then enjoy this movie. It looks great and entertains well. It was absolutely watchable, and if you can suffer the many, many flaws, you'll have a pleasant 2 hours ahead of you.

Possible spoiler below.
Beware; the mushy mess about the wedding just takes up waay too much time and gets really annoying, and the whole Disney hero-marries-princess-lives-happily-ever-after is just... gnnnarrghh! WHY... aw feck it. It's Disney, just bend over and love it.
11 years 7 months ago
chunkylefunga's avatar


Could have easily cut an hour out of the film.
8 years 9 months ago
lachyas's avatar


There's no doubting that John Carter has awful exposition and a terrible name, but incredibly entertaining and original fight scenes, wonderful world-building, and well-realised characters (I love that dog thing so much) more than make up for it. The scene with Carter fighting while having flashbacks to his life on earth was breathtaking, the Star Wars arena fight was much better than the actual Star Wars arena fight, and the mini-twist in the end was very clever and made a framing device worthwhile for once. This just goes to show what an impact marketing has on the success of a movie, because there's no way in hell this deserved to be a box office bomb.
10 years 4 months ago
KPND's avatar


Advanced society ruled by a 6-year-old's idea of a monarchy? Sure...
There's an interesting premise in there, but most of it makes no sense. It was aggravating to watch.
11 years 6 months ago
Cuadie's avatar


I love the dog. Movie was so-so 6/10
11 years 9 months ago
tylerdurden's avatar


Not very good. But i've seen worse. It was beautifully shot though. PLus the dog steals every scene he is in.
11 years 10 months ago
Eduardo Nasi's avatar

Eduardo Nasi

It is probably awesome if you are an eight years old boy. Otherwise, it is mostly boring.
11 years 11 months ago
Marko1975's avatar


Plot holes, terrible dialogue, bad acting. Not worthy..
7 years 10 months ago
igordebraga's avatar


If it wasn't so impenetrable, could be better - the film to which its compared the most, Avatar, manages to be immersive partly because it keeps exposition at a nice pace; not John Carter, which right after putting its hero on Mars starts employing a complicated mythology mostly explained in infodumps. Thus pacing and writing issues bring down the enjoyment despite pretty visuals and epic action.
10 years 5 months ago
Jaqo's avatar


Just as I anticipated; a fast pased CGI orgie with no other intentions but to entertain rather than telling a story with depth and originality.
11 years 4 months ago
dombrewer's avatar


Low expectations will do wonders for a blockbuster - following a slaughtering in the British press I was still intrigued enough to shell out and see it on the big screen, and I'm glad that I did. It's not wonderful; the screenplay is a bit of a mess, and Taylor Kitsch isn't the most compelling or charismatic of leading men, but it looks superb - the design of the film and the visual effects are first rate and after a scrappy opening 20 minutes really grows into something compelling, often exciting and charming and satisfies in the way of an old fashioned space adventure. Lynn Collins is stunning, and convincing as a warrior princess, and the supporting cast of British stalwarts fill up the scenery well enough. In my opinion it's better constructed, better acted and altogether more interesting than all the Star Wars prequels. If you liked them, I'd say give this a chance. Oh. I will say dropping "of Mars" from the title was deeply stupid though.
11 years 11 months ago
evert's avatar


I liked it! Surprised it got so much criticism
8 years 7 months ago
DisneyStitch's avatar


To be completely honest this movie didn't really deserve to be a box office bomb. I was intrigued by the ideas in the movie after the first viewing. Past that the movie seems pretty cheesy. The world-building in the movie is arguably the film's strongest point. It's a shame that so much is actually crammed into it. It could have easily been turned into a two-part movie. The plot is simple and the characters are nothing special which weighs down the overall quality of the film but at the same time you can see that its large budget helped it along in some areas like the CGI and action sequences. Overall, it's always remembered as one of Disney's biggest flops (if it is remembered at all), but there is something cool and fresh about it that I can't quite put my finger on. Entertaining nonetheless I suppose.
9 years ago

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