MOVIE REVIEW This
week's reviewed movie is:
It's just hard to
care about anything in this sci-fi John Carter
film, which jumps from scene to scene without
It is nearly impossible to keep track of who is
doing what to
whom; and after more than two hours, I didn't come
close to knowning who John
Carter is, and I don't really care.
Even with the largest size popcorn, you
couldn't say this is a good popcorn movie.
100 years ago,
Edgar Rice Burroughs (of Tarzan
fame) wrote Princess
of Mars, in which a Confederate Captain
helps end a civil
war--on another planet!
Far ahead of his time, this grandfather of
science fiction penned a series of books that have
been copied time and time
again; but John Carter is a paradox-- it's too old
fashion for modern-day movie
audiences and too modern for old fashion readers.
With beautiful visuals and an
origin plot so complicated that it is hard to
follow, it's a movie worth
seeing for fans, but will confuse the uninitiated.
Despite its flaws, I loved
movie is an
inflated fantasy, or space opera epic, about a
19th-century adventurer with a
tough and painful past, who unintentionally
transports himself to Mars, where
he meets in conflict some strange bizarre alien
life and tries to save a
princess from sure death.
This is a big, swelled action film that borrows
other pictures such as: Star Wars,
This is a
popcorn flick and not to be taken seriously.
I liked the special effects with
fairly good performances and those little bits
of humor that tells us that the
makers of the movie know this is all an amusing
It suffers from a
convoluted plot and an anticlimactic resolution,
but hits enough highs along
the way to be enjoyable.
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