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This week's reviewed movie is:
John Carter




Gene the Barber

Snick the Sidekick

Gordie the Barber


It's just hard to care about anything in this sci-fi John Carter film, which jumps from scene to scene without building any real excitement.

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 American 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 it. 

This 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 from other pictures such as: Star Wars, Avatar, and Cowboys & Aliens.

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 adventure.

It suffers from a convoluted plot and an anticlimactic resolution, but hits enough highs along the way to be enjoyable.

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