Dud, smud! That’s what I have to say to humorless critics who’ve panned this totally entertaining sci-fi fantasy that you and your kids will love and want to see at least twice!
With a handsome, hunkily muscled hero, John Carter, played by Taylor Kitsch, a stunning and stunningly intelligent princess, Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins), an adorable, blue-tongued Martian dog, a tribe of tough four-armed toughy ” Tharks,” mysterious evil immortal “Therns” and magical travel to the mysterious planet of Barsoom — what’s not to love?
When hero John Carter, a former Confederate soldier in post Civil War America, is mysteriously transported to a planet that turns out to be Mars, the action is fast and furious.
Luckily for him, he discovers he has special powers (I won’t ruin this for you by revealing them) that enable him to survive multiple dangerous and daring situations.
Barsoom is consumed by civil war between the “Heiliumters” and the “Zondangans” — just what Carter DOESN’T want to get involved with after his hellish civil war experiences at home, but of course he’s lured in and you just know that an epic romance is about to ensue.
There’s humor, special Star Wars-like effects, a mysterious power source and surprising plot twists that make John Carter completely absorbing, even at two and a half hours in length.
I took my 11-year-old son, Sasha, and a friend and they were completely engrossed, bummed when it ended and then filled with questions afterward.
Of course, the film is based on science fiction books by Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Sasha and I are ready to check them out of the library because we NEED answers and we want sequels!
So if you want to escape and be totally entertained by a far better sci-fi action film than Captain America or Thor — definitely get your 3D glasses on and get to John Carter!