|Directed by:||Andrew Stanton|
|Written by:||Andrew Stanton, Mark Andrews|
|Cast:||Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Daryl Sabara, Polly Walker, Bryan Cranston, Thomas Hayden Church, Willem Dafoe|
|Studio:||Walt Disney Pictures|
John Carter is based on a series of novels that are over 100 years old and predate every sci-fi movie and known as an inspiration. Now it has finally been adapted to the big screen and it delivers on the science fiction action made on a grand scale.
While it does predate many science fiction movies by decades and not having read the novels, it does seem very repetitive in terms of the aspects of other films that I have seen over the years. So it all still feels "been there, done that" despite being the predecessor to most science fiction tales. Also, some of the CGI and green screen was pretty iffy at times. It also gets a little "talky" at points that kind of drag it down a bit
Despite those flaws, John Carter delivered on the sci-fi fun. The battles and the visuals of Mars were excellent and fantastically portrayed. The alien creature were very detailed. I liked the overall story and it kept the movie at a decent pace. Taylor Kitsch was good as John Carter. He was also surprisingly funny in this as well. Lily Collins was amazing to look at and wasn't bad either (She's from Texas, but she can do a great accent). I like Mark Strong, but he sadly didn't do much aside from transforming into other people.
Plot (7/10): I like the war between cities on Mars and ultimate weapon stories, but it was a lot to digest in two hours.
Acting (7/10): Everyone did their job well. Kitsch can carry himself in a big role like this. Mark Strong was a decent villain despite not doing much aside from manipulation.
Action (8/10): Actually pretty violent surprisingly. Lots of blue blood flying around.
Direction (8/10): It drags in some spots due to them cramming a lot of backstory in a short amount of time, but I liked the tone of adventure it had and it was epic in scale.
Eye Candy (9/10): I honestly didn't know who this Collins chick was, but I didn't mind one bit.
Overall, it is a fun time and it brings some old fashioned sci-fi entertainment.