Blog #84: Movie Review: John Carter

If you have not seen this movie, stop reading, go to your nearest theater and see it right now.  It was awesome.

Spoilers ahead.

Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and the upcoming Battleship) stars as John Carter, a former Confederate soldier now seeking gold in the old west.  He is mysteriously transported to Mars where he becomes entangled in another civil war.  Of course, he falls in love with the princess and saves the day.  There is an awful lot to this story, and having only send it once, I really can’t describe all the details.

The effects if this film were first rate, which I would expect from a Disney movie.  The designs of the cities, and air ships were unique and seemed appropriate for the barren Martian landscape.

I was surprised to learn that this story is based on a book that was released over 100 years ago. Having never read anything of the character, in either books or comic books, I really can’t say how this compares, but the movie is a science fiction masterpiece, and I can honestly say, I didn’t see the twist at the end coming at all.

What is sad is that the movie is not doing well.  It has made approximately 43 million in its first eight days.  Even with it’s estimated 70 million in foreign markets, it’s still made less than half of its 250 million budget.  I can’t for the life of me understand why.  At the rate it’s going a sequel seems very unlikely, but I’m going to hold out hope.

Thanks for reading!

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About lmb3

I’m 36 years old, and I work in network tech support for a public school system. I am a huge fan of Star Trek, Transformers, Harry Potter, and Marvel Comics as well as numerous other fandoms. I’m a big sports fan, especially the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. I collect toys (mostly Transformers but other stuff too), comic books, and Red Sox baseball cards. I watch an obscene amount of television and love going to the movies. I am hopelessly addicted to Wizard Rock and I write Harry Potter Fanfiction, though these days I am working on a couple of different original YA novels.
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