Thanks to two birthday parties to attend on a wet and messy Saturday, I had the evening to myself and nothing to do but to go and watch John Carter (of Mars). Ever since the movie was announced, I have been following it closely. I am a big fan of sci-fi books and the Burroughs material is the inspiration for many a space sage including Star Wars. Add to it the directorial talent of Andrew Stanton, Pixar alum of Finding Nemo and Wall-E, and it was a match made in heaven.
I parked myself at the local Cinemark and waited for the saga to unfold. I was not disappointed. Andrew Stanton dazzles. Utah makes for a great Barsoom. Special effects are expectedly spectacular. The Tharks are as natural as you’d think they ought to be. Taylor Kitsch as Captian John Carter fits the role. And Lynn Collins makes for a gorgeous Dejah Thoris. Burroughs describes Thoris as someone who is endowed with spectacular beauty and Lynn Collins does not disappoint.
The wars feel real and every detail of Barsoom comes to life in a visual spectacle. But at heart, as goes the book, John Carter is an old style action adventure. A space romance set in the deserts of Mars. A tale of love, politics and battle. To all of which Andrew Stanton does full justice.
Ignore the popular media reviews. Go watch it for a rollicking time.