John Carter, before catching this movie screening tonight, I've heard some good things about it. The movie is slotted to come out in our cinemas this 8th March 2012. Seeing the trailer, I was expecting a good sci-fi movie but coming out of the movie a couple of hours later however, I must say it did entertain in some aspect.
|Disney's John Carter|
So there I was at Sunway Pyramid, reaching just in time for a short dinner and the movie thereafter. Due to John Carter being a Disney production, there was usual mandatory checks for electronics gadgets. We had to surrender for safekeeping throughout the movie, which was okay, except this time they did such a bad job in handling our gadgets that long queues were formed before and after the movie to submit and collect back our gadgets.
|Special Screening Tickets for John Carter|
Coming back to the movie, John Carter is played by Taylor Kitsch who looked like a surfer dude throughout most of the the movie who is a man being transported to Mars smack in the middle of a civil war between two humanoid clans with some aborigines in the middle.
|John Carter before on Earth before his adventures in Mars|
Upon arrival on Mars, he is captured by the aborigines called the Tharks, green four armed giants. The difference between Mars’ gravity and Earth’s gives him super-strength, as well as the power to leap huge distances. John Carter uses this to his benefit as he helps both the Tharks and also the humanoids.
John Carter then meets this beautiful Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins), daughter to Tardos Mors (Ciaran Hinds), leader of one side of the humanoid clan who are at war with the other humanoid clan, led by the Sab Than (Dominic West). One thing leads to another and we see some love thing blossom, with John Carter going all out to help the lady in need.
|Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins) and John Carter|
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As the movie progressed, there were just too many predictable scenes and cliches for comfort. Yes, John Carter is a superhuman, and he does incredible things, but all the CGI in the movie could not detract from the dialogs which I felt was a bit too cheesy.
|Some actions scenes from John Carter the movie|
The humor was there though, with a lot of references to Avatar, Star Wars, and a couple of sci-fi movies. The Tharaks were pretty nice to watch, and so was Princess Dejah Thoris. Lynn Collins played out the fighting beautiful princess perfectly, without being too manly, and retaining that feminism. I found John Carter cool, but just not awesome.
|Princess Dejah Thoris before her forced marriage to the villain Sab Than|
Overall, John Carter is an okay Disney movie to watch, based on a novel if I'm not mistaken, and with the trademark feel good ending. There was a slight twist in the end though, but it still couldn't make out for the lack of spirit to the whole movie. The action and humor was there, CGI was there, characters were in place, but something just did not click. Personally, I would rate this movie a 6/10, still kind of sad because I expected way more.
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