Watched Jun 21, 2012
'John Carter of Mars sounds much better.'
This is a really enjoyable film, far more enjoyable than I had imagined based on its reputation and its marketing (which was blamed for its flopping, which didn't do much for expectations either). But you know what? John Carter was a victim. Watching this movie, there's no reason it couldn't have been very popular. I certainly preferred it to the comparable Avatar - not that that's hard - and even though there are a few things that hold it back from being really good, it has a lot going for it. Michael Giacchino's score is magnificent, my favourite of 2012 so far, Taylor Kitsch's performance is really solid and anchors the movie nicely, and the Tharks are surprisingly brutal for a Disney movie. Stanton really doesn't hold back with their culture and finds really effective solutions for getting the savagery across without diluting it or being too graphic.
- Lynn Collins is awful.
- There was some shockingly bad greenscreen in a couple of scenes.
- The Thark babies were adorable.