John Carter (2012)

Filed under : animation, review, sci-fi

When this film first came out, there was a lot of buzz and a lot of hype. Though, I really didn’t consider seeing it on the big screen – I just wasn’t sure if it was my kind of movie.

Sure, it was released by Disney but it seemed kind of weird as I had heard people describing it as a sci-fi and adventure type of picture – a cross between Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Sherlock Holmes. Really? Very strange.

However, as time had passed from the release – I soon found myself searching for a good movie to see. So, I decided to check out the reviews. And, to my surprise – they were really mixed.

Some people liked the film while others did not. The main criticism of the movie was that it seemed like it was thrown together and there was just no time for character development. Despite the negative reviews, I decided to check out the film myself and draw my own conclusion. I’m glad I did.

Before going into the review, I will say – this is probably a film that is very hard to make as there are so many elements involved. Though, what drew my attention was that the movie is based on a very old novel created in the early 1900s. Being the history buff that I am, this is what really sparked my interest – I wanted to see how this piece of history came alive on the big screen.

Regarding the film itself, let me just say – it did not disappoint. Being that it was a Disney movie, I knew there had to be an ounce of positivity about it. And, there definitely was plenty.

From the opening scene, the movie proved to be just what it claimed – full of adventure and action. It began more along the lines of Sherlock Homes, then progressed to an Indiana Jones type of film and eventually the sci-fi part (Star Wars) came. Though having these elements seemed like it could be a bit weird and confusing, I will say – it was all nicely put together to make for a great storyline.

About the criticism the film received, I think enough was revealed about each character to keep the attention of the audience. For me personally, adding more information and/or dialogue into each of the main characters’ persona could have made the movie a bit slow. I think there was just enough information revealed to keep the story interesting. And, I did enjoy the action scenes very much – it made for a very fun film to watch.

Regarding the story itself, I liked it. It had a bit of uniqueness to it as it attempted to weave different elements and genres together. And, for me – it came out very successful. To be honest, there were actually a few moments in the film that threw me for a loop – it wasn’t as predictable as I thought it would be which really made it so much more fun to watch.

(Note: For those who have seen the movie, you’ll know what I’m talking about. There were a few twists and turns that really surprised me!)

Overall, I would say this is a very entertaining and fun movie to see – it has all the elements of a good film. Though it received criticism of its lack of character development, I think it gave just enough to not make the film too slow and drag on – the action scenes alone interwoven with it’s unique storyline more than made up for it.

If you’re looking for an adventure type of film with a bit of sci-fi, I do recommend this one.

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(Note: For those who saw the movie and/or read the novel, I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on it. Thanks for reading!)

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