From Earth to Barsoom

John Carter is already being labeled as a flop. If you make a movie that costs around 300 million dollars to make and in your first weekend you fail to make 50 million domestically(it did much better internationally) people tend to throw those terms around.

John Carter is an adaptation of one of the Edgar Rice Burroughs “Barsoom ” series, “A Princess of Mars”. In it a civil war veteran stumbles upon a mysterious cave and man that has a device that transports him to Mars. There, after being taken hostage by local aliens, he meets a princess that needs him to help save her people and ultimately the planet.


  • It was told really well. Interesting action set-pieces, funny dialog, believable hero. I’ve never read the book this was based on, but they made an entertaining movie out of it.
  • It doesn’t feel as long as it is. This is a weird thing to like about a movie, but if I see a longer movie I often find myself looking at my watch wondering how much longer it’s going to be, but I didn’t do that with John Carter. It held my attention well enough to prevent me from willing it to end.


  • The 3D was pretty useless. I am one of the people that think 3D can be an asset if used well, but this wasn’t filmed in 3D, and if I’d known it was a post convert going in I would have saved the difference.

John Carter is actually a pretty good movie. I didn’t have high hopes going in, but I was pleasantly surprised. I hope they greenlight a sequel, but with the way it’s performed so far it’s not looking good. And it only has 10 days before The Hunger Games dominates theaters. Go see John Carter.


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