Media Monday: John Carter

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Title: John Carter
Media Type: Feature Film
Director: Andrew Stanton
Studio: Disney
Genre: Genre
Summary: [from IMDB]

Transplanted to Mars, a Civil War vet discovers a lush planet inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians. Finding himself a prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter a princess who is in desperate need of a savior.

My Review:

I have to admit I was a little skeptical about this one at first. It had the potential to be really awesome or really awful. While it didn’t make my top 10 favorites list, it certainly wasn’t awful either!

The most interesting part of this film, for me, was the protagonist. John Carter fought on the South side in the Civil War and now that the war is over, he has become a criminal. He doesn’t care about anything or anyone, so long as he gets his money. It’s a risky move to feature a main character from anything other than the winning side, but they managed to pull it off – though admittedly they only pull it off by kind of sweeping it under the rug. I would have enjoyed a more in depth exploration of his background, but as it’s Disney I’m impressed that they left it in at all.

I also really liked the idea of the Therns. I think they were Disney-fied a bit for this film, because of their support of the villain(s) – heaven forbid Disney portray a complex villain! That said the way it explained them intrigued me. They’re supposedly overseers to the ends of worlds, “impartial” (HA!) supporting first one side, then another with no real care for which side is “right.” I’m actually really interested in reading the novels just to learn more about them.

That said, there were a few things that had me a little… surprised. Like, a society advanced enough to have flying ships but most of them still use swords when fighting? And honestly, if we’re being picky, John Carter is just a retelling of Stargate only with less of the EPIC. The Reader’s Digest condensed version if you will.

Simplified isn’t necessarily bad though – this is the perfect movie for a family night with all ages!

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One Response to “Media Monday: John Carter”

  1. Alexa Y. says:

    I must admit, I had no curiosity whatsoever about this movie and still don’t. But I’m glad you ended up enjoying it more than you expected to!

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