Watched Jun 04, 2012
Scott Tuccori’s review:
Before I watched this movie I had no idea what it was about. When it finished I was highly satisfied. The movie is about a man named John Carter, who travels to Mars only to be captured by barbarian like creatures. Once he escapes he encounters a princess in need of help.
I only wish that this film came out ten years ago when I was ten years old so I could watch it again today and say "this was a movie of my childhood". The way this film was made had me feeling enjoyment the whole time, like I was a boy for it's duration.
It was wonderfully made. I loved the special effects and the locations, they were beautiful. The characters were all played well, mostly played by actors and actresses that I didn't know very well. Except for a couple.
One was Brian Cranston, I completely forgot that he was in this film and even though he was only a small part, he played it fantastically and is fast becoming my favourite actor. It's a shame he hasn't been offered a staring role in any recent films.
The other actor was Willem Dafoe, starring with his voice only. I wasn't aware that he was going to be in this, but as soon as Tars Tarkas started to talk I couldn't mistake the voice for any other. Tars Tarkas was my favourite character in this movie.
I read just before writing this that the original title of the film was going to be 'John Carter of Mars', but the producers changed it to 'John Carter' so it would appeal to a wider audience. Which made it all the more satisfying when the movie ended with a shot of Mars and the original title appeared on the screen just before the credits began. The movie was able to tell the story of how he became John Carter of Mars instead of them shoving it in your face before you got the chance to see it.
I'll definitely re-watch this film every now and then and if I have kids I'll show it to them also. A highly recommended film if you're in the mood to feel a bit younger for a couple of hours.