Watched Jul 04, 2012
Martin Cross’s review:
Having heard little but bad press I was expecting a true failure of a move here. How pleasantly surprised I was to find a half decent popcorn flick that allowed me to turn off my brain for a few hours and sit back, relax and enjoy a good old fashioned action adventure.
Granted JC of Mars has a few flaws, it's biggest fault is not its own, but as the film is based on stories 100 years old it all feels a little familiar after Star Wars, Avatar and years of sci-fi but look last this and realise that the E.R. Burroughs tales of John Carter massively influenced modern sc-fi and there's a great little film here.
I was impressed with Pixar guru Andrew Stantons direction, long sweeping shots and a fairly emotional scene involving the fate of Carters Earth family show he can manage live action, but felt he might have made more I the climactic battle which seemed a little rushed.
Overall I enjoyed this one and it looked stunning on blu-ray. It's a shame we'll probably not get a sequel (maybe a reboot) due to the loss Disney suffered on this one. I for one would go see it.