REVIEW: JOHN CARTER
OVERVIEW: Disney brings to life an iconic hero, John Carter, in a visually stunning new world with heart-pounding action. The heroic epic adventure “John Carter” arrives on Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D™, HD Digital, DVD and On-Demand June 5, 2012, just in time for Father’s Day!
As a warrior lost on Earth, John Carter is magically transported to Mars, where the fate of the planet and its people ultimately rest in his hands. With surprising new powers, and epic battles, he rises to become the man he is meant to be and the hero he truly is.
SYNOPSIS: From Academy Award®–winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes “John Carter”—a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). “John Carter” is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem
Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.
FILM REVIEW: When I first heard of this film I was very skeptical. It seemed outlandish and
incohesive. That was after seeing the first preview. Then after seeing the updated preview not too long ago, my opinion almost did a 180. Now after having seen the film, the change in opinion was substantiated. This is no Avatar, but it won’t disappoint either. The commercials are saying that this is the first big blockbuster of the year. I believe it should be but knowing how fickle movie going audiences can be, it’s no guarantee. I definitely enjoyed it. It’s got all the fantasy you could possibly want along with good doses of action and adventure. Arguably the best aspect of this movie is that it is visually dazzling. The cinematography is breath taking and combined with the sharp and excellent special effects we get a visual treat. The filming locations used were appropriate and effective. Another interesting aspect of the movie is how imaginative it is and even how sexy it is too. Yes, the movie is actually sexy. Well, I guess since we’ve got Taylor Kitsch in the lead role as John Carter, and Lynn Collins as the Princess, Dejah
Thoris, sexiness becomes a characteristic by default. It’s also interesting that they both worked in the movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine. They both looked good in that one and they look even better in this one. As far as their performances, they were decent, good enough for this genre. So in case you’re wondering if they carried the movie well considering this is probably the biggest role for each of them, the answer is yes. The cast as a whole was pretty good but this type of movie is more about what’s going on than the performances.
Probably the most difficult aspect of this movie is the convoluted story, or at least at first. It takes a while before the story starts to gel. Some moments of slowness don’t help either but luckily there is much more to turn you on about this movie than what might turn you off. A military captain from the late 1800s inexplicably finds himself on Mars with a mission. I mean sure, you can see how this could be a complicated story. The concept is mind blowing, in a good way. I can’t help but to be reminded of Cowboys and Aliens. Cowboys and Aliens was very enjoyable and even though there are similarities, this one is much more epic. Another positive aspect is that it’s very realistic looking for a sci-fi movie full of alien beings and alien settings. It just reinforces the excellent job done with the special effects. Another excellent job was done by the Director, Andrew Stanton. But then again, you would expect nothing less from the two-time Oscar winner for directing Finding Nemo and WALL-E. This is a “big leap” for him directing his first major live human motion picture and he did great. He probably won’t win an Oscar for it but he will thrill audiences. No need to second guess this choice at the box office next time you go to the movies.
By Cine Marcos
The film is
presented in 1080P widescreen in a 2.40:1 aspect ration
preserving its theatrical format. The picture of both films
flawless, bringing to perfection the excitement of the races
and the richness of the special effects. Not only the picture looks great in
this release, also the sound it is good, a 7.1 DTS-HD Master
Audio (48kHz/24bit) in English, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby
Digital that provides a
good complement to the picture. It also includes
English Spanish French
1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen 1080P
7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital, French
7.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
English, French & Spanish English
Disney Second Screen
– Explore John Carter’s journal with this innovative in-world experience and uncover a trove of fascinating details that extend the mythology of the movie.
360 Degrees of John
– Experience every aspect of the filmmaking process on one of the movie’s biggest production days.
Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Director, Andrew Stanton
100 Years In The Making
– Follow the journey of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ story, from its origins as a pulp novel to its arrival onscreen.
Audio Commentary with Filmmakers
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