Thursday, 15 March 2012

John Carter Review

John Carter

Release Date: 8th March 2012 - Australia

Production Companies
Walt Disney Pictures (presents)

Walt Disney Studios Motion
Pictures Australia

Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: M

Runtime: 132 minutes

Budget: $263,700,000

Box Office Gross: $284,139,100

Plot Summary
John Carter is transported from
19th century America to Mars
"Barsoom" to its residents
where he becomes embroiled
in a brutal civil war.

Taylor Kitsch - John Carter
Lynn Collins - Dejah Thoris
Samantha Morton - Sola
Willem Dafoe - Tars Tarkas
Thomas Haden Church - Tal Hajus
Mark Strong - Matai Shang
Ciaran Hinds - Tardos Mars
Dominic West - Sab Than
James Purefoy - Kantos Kan
Bryan Cranston - Colonel Powell
Polly Walker - Sarkoja
Daryl Sabara - Edgar Rice Burroughs

Screenplay/Director - Andrew Stanton
Based on Novel "A Princess of
Mars" - Edgar Rice Burroughs
Screenplay/Second Unit
Director - Mark Andrews
Screenplay - Michael Chabon
Producers - Lindsey Collins,
Jim Morris & Colin Wilson
Alien Language Developer -
Paul R. Frommer
Production Designer - Nathan Crowley
Makeup Designer - Bill Corso
Costume Designer - Mayes C. Rubeo
Director of Photography - Daniel Mindel
Stunt Coordinator - Tom Struthers
Swordmaster - Kevin McCurdy
Visual Effects Supervisor - Peter Chiang
Special Visual Effects
Consultant - Eric Brevig
Character Design Supervisor -
John Rosengrant
Film Editor - Eric Zumbrunnen
Music - Michael Giacchino

I never knew that JOHN CARTER could be quite a visual spectacle, now I realise it's a good sci-fi movie with plenty of visual effects. I certainly give thanks to its director Andrew Stanton who finally brought Edgar Rice Burroughs' first novel of the series to the big screen to what others failed to do in 81 years. The JOHN CARTER books influenced such filmmakers as George Lucas and James Cameron into making sci-fi features as the STAR WARS trilogy and AVATAR (click here). The film's 3D aspect is really something, but I would say that the acting performances including Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Mark Strong and others are terrific.

It's pretty bad that JOHN CARTER bombed at the box office and it is such a fine film, it really deserves a cult following right now from those who have read the books of CARTER and get a chance to see the movie.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

1 comment:

  1. It looks like a good movie. I think I will probably rent this.