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There is hardly a moment in John Carter that isnt stamped by the generic spirit of franchise filmmaking.
Its a polarizing spectacle of sci fi/fantasy imagery and lavish, big budget storytelling.
This is a Pixar veteran whose credits include the Toy Story franchise, Finding Nemo and the flawless WALL E.
But while John Carter is undeniably silly, sprawling and easy to make fun of, its also playful, genuinely epic and absolutely comfortable being what i ..
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Almost everything on screen is old hat, and the few details that have remained fresh for the past 100 years havent been imitated for good reason.
Luckily, thanks to some stunning visual design, a sense of wry humour and Wall E director Andrew Stanton s knack with an action setpiece, its a very e ..
And thats kind of the aesthetic that Stanton is going for: over the top pulp.
I think the phrase Disney is looking for here is Star Wars, the sort of visually spectacular, effects heavy, space adventure franchise this one clearl ..
Its a lavish, beautifully made fantasy adventure, and once certainly cant accuse the producers, or director Andrew Stanton (of Pixars FINDING NEMO) of ..
It isnt bad so much as innocuous, $250 million worth of innocuous, framed by a decent start and a solid finish but sagging through the long middle lik ..
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Its a pity Burroughs and all of his 1912 fans are no longer with us, because what Disney, Pixar and Stanton have done with it was worth the wait.
Like Superman, his great strength, from Earths higher gravity, allows him to leap tall buildings with a single bound (this ability is greatly exaggera ..
I have a hard time mustering enthusiasm for anything about the movie, which is too long and episodic.
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Despite early previews that made it look downright awful, the pic isnt half bad.
John Carter is simply lacking the narrative polish to go along with it.
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The story is the much plundered mother lode for space fantasies from Star Wars to Avatar and Cowboys and Aliens.
But Kitsch & Co. make the time pass pleasantly enough.Just try to forget the too easy comparisons to Mars Needs Moms and Cowboys vs. Aliens and youll ..
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Its also worth noting that while technically proficient, the 3D effects dont really add anything and the film will play just as well, if not better in ..
Though messy and overlong, its an enjoyable throwback to the movie spectacles of a more innocent age.
Enormous in scale and densely plotted, John Carter appears to do the source material justice, retaining a pulpy spirit while serving as a travelogue t ..
So Drake whoever you are, there is most definitely something like it.
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Instead the material is handled in the most plodding and desultory manner that drains all of the pulpy thrills that one might have logically expected ..
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It has the form of an adventure but not the spirit.It is relentless saloon fights!
With its impressive 3D and interesting period meets interplanetary story line, this is a fun, if not Lord of the Rings brilliant, saga.
Its director is Pixar whiz Andrew Stanton, who directed Finding Nemo and Wall E, and the script lists the wonderful novelist Michael Chabon as one of ..
Unlike Stantons memorable animation features, this is surprisingly devoid of humor or winning characterization, though the special effects are fantast ..
And even though Edgar Rice Burroughs century old pulp novels influenced everything from Avatar to Star Wars to Superman, the movie version of those bo ..
The film is based on the first of the novels, written in 1912, and as well as being a festival of funny names, its an exotic hybrid a western cum spac ..
Taken at face value, its self evidently old fashioned, earnest, Boys Own approach provides harmless, family friendly fun more Jason and the Argonauts ..
When Stanton lets the film be pure popcorn entertainment, with swashbuckling set pieces and lovably corny romanticism, its a great ride in the Indiana ..
The scale is epic and the visuals expensive, but the human element is missing, along with narrative skills and even the tiniest trace of humour.
But this heavy, airless film doesnt have a fraction of the wit, fun and imagination of those films.
This terrible movie is the live action debut of another fan, the Pixar animator Andrew Stanton, director of Wall E and Finding Nemo.
And by and large, the film manages to be both fantastic and credible enough.
Buried within this bloated, CGI crammed, unnecessarily 3D ified monster is a bare bones space western, the movie that last years Cowboys and Aliens sh ..
But at well over two hours and with enough plot elements to fill a movie twice that long, John Carter ultimately suffers from a couple of simple probl ..
Everything that worked in those movies collapses here: the humor, the humanity, the chemistry between characters, the fun.
Susan Grangers review of John Carter (Walt Disney) Youve already seen this sci fi thriller many times before.Based on Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burrou ..
Wearing little more than a bra, a loincloth and some henna tattoos, Dejah is an impossible mix of beauty, brains and butt kicking prowess.
And, against the odds, John Carter is itself pretty amazing an epic pulp saga that slowly rises to the level of its best imitations and wins you over ..
Stanton isnt a nothing director.The wonderful WALL E wasnt happenstance.
You cant say Disney wasnt warned.One of those Martian elephant eggs was a quite recent Disney film, one the studio and the rest of us have done a good ..
Although the result is quite a mishmash, dramatic coherence prevails over visual flair...
The action sequences are generally well executed, but theyre too much of a muchness. CGI makes them seem too facile and not tactile enough.
The name may be unfamiliar but his adventures, penned by Tarzan author Edgar Rice Burroughs, have influenced countless sci fi epics from Star Wars to ..
Conran probably would have been able to bring the right kind of old fashioned pulp sensibility to the material, but the director who ultimately ended ..
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It does what all good films should do: it dreams impossibly big.You can practically see director Andrew Stanton geeking out as he assembles those swee ..
Richly imagined, robustly performed, and directed with the evident enthusiasm of someone whos been dreaming about Barsoom his whole life, John Carter ..
Whether it will lead to multiple sequels will depend largely on audience response to this film and evolving Hollywood economics, but it is hard to ima ..
Stanton has scattered throughout the script a surprising number of genuinely witty moments.
The special effects are too familiar.Everything is shot in the same boring shades of yellow and ochre.
It has enough visual effects and production values for three movies, and almost as much story material, which is one of its problems.
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Approach it as pulp, and the lavish 3D epic is quite engaging enough for a pass.
Still, just about every sci fi/fantasy/superhero adventure you ever loved is in here somewhere.
For true sci fi fans, its the first Martian chronicle and a long delayed movie dream.
The movie, however, hardly represents a giant leap when it comes to action/adventure: I cant say John Carter generated the excitement a burgeoning fra ..
Certain scenes undoubtedly deliver spectacle, with interesting visual effects and tightly staged action.Others rely on silly humor and an almost tongu ..
This is a kids film made by some very smart adults, and while it often looks chintzy, costumewise (whats with all the fur ruffs), the madcap pacing ne ..
John Carter is a science fiction epic worth cheering, one where however much they spent, it all went to throw amazingly huge and awesome things onscre ..
This creates some of the best visuals and is the most disctinctive thing about the story.
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Most annoying is John Carters scarcity of action.This much buck should buy more bang.
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Or closer to it.Will audiences see this alien romance meets sword and sandal epic as an Avatar or Star Wars style fantasy that justifies the films 130 ..
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However, when John Carter moves up the gears its an accomplished blockbuster packed with pulse racing action.
The acting is often stiff, the dialogue egregiously awkward.But the films biggest blunder is casting.
This is its greatest strength and, in a storytelling sense, a possible weakness.
THE VERDICT Brimming with spectacular effects, well staged action and game performances, John Carter looks terrific and is a proper old fashioned fant ..
Trouble is, its all so overdone without a consistent train of thought.While the Thark/Zodangan war has been going on endlessly, so is the films unfocu ..
PHOTOS: THE MOST EXPENSIVE MOVIES OF ALL TIME Nor is there even anything all that visually distinctive.
The characters ride on the backs of eight legged half rhinoceroses/half platypuses.
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It looks like a hell of a lot of fun to try, and is almost as enjoyable to watch.
At times the spectacle is captivating, but its always just a bit too silly.
It was suitably weird, slightly hokey, occasionally thrilling and very hard to follow.
Though it always looks stunning, the story is only intermittently engaging.
The result is an entertaining diversion but it lacks the magnificence one desires in the opening chapter of a would be franchise.
The result is a big budget spectacle with charming idiosyncrasies; its major studio product with a surprising personal touch.
Larsen On Film
Beautifully realized visuals nearly make up for the well worn story in this Disney adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs character.
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And for a film mired in CGI why does it look like a dusty western
Unfortunately, the bones of a workable story are there but the way theyve been fleshed out leaves something to be desired.
Hollywood And Fine
JohnCarter is Stantons first liveaction movie, and it has none of the warmth, charm or wit of his cartoons Finding Nemo and Wall E.
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Even genre film lovers have standards, and John Carter doesnt meet them.
Rest assured Stanton has created a blockbuster worth the money spent and worth spending money on at the cinema.
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The story is quick paced, full of enough action and plot to satisfy any filmgoer, and manages to feel original in spite of how many elements have been ..
Its too good a movie to dismiss outright, but not memorable enough to build a big fan base of repeat viewers.
1 of 10 View Caption In this film image released by Disney, Taylor Kitsch is shown in a scene from John Carter.
Theres no surer fire way for a film to ink its own $250 million obituary than by contrasting itself to two of Hollywoods most titanic films when it on ..
It goes without saying that the folks at Pixar have once again outdone themselves in terms of the movies visuals, as WALL Es jaw dropping computer gen ..
As with Tron: Legacy, from a design perspective the film is faultless and a thing of beauty.
The movie honestly should be all about her: certainly, that would have been a way to modernize an old story that is desperately screaming for an attit ..
This leaves the little known leads, Kitsch and Collins, unflatteringly exposed.Kitsch lacks heroic flamboyance, and the pretty Collins exudes none of ..
This is a failure of imagination, rather than the movies failure its eminently marketable, as a classic story, as a precursor to Flash Gordon and Star ..
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John Carter may not be a perfect movie, but its one where you can safely plunk down your money, grab your box of popcorn and come away reasonably sati ..
This is an exciting adventure tale when it finally gets under way.
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Too old fashioned to be cool, too soaked in CG and non existent 3D to be considered traditional.Totally unaware of its own inherent ridiculousness.
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Its shrill in tone, awash in unexamined narcissism kids are just pretexts for laughs, rather than objects of love and afflicted by explosive verbal di ..
In the hands of two time Oscar winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton, it is a technical marvel and supersized spectacle, seamlessly blending live action wi ..
Lavish and lengthy, it has the spectacle and spirit of a Saturday matinee movie but not its fleetness or fun.
The storytelling is tight; the performances are charming; the action is electrifying; the experience is fun.
The entire story behind John Carter is the essence of high concept, especially in the day and age it was originally created... a blast of a film.
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Some of the ideas may be wonderful, but there is such chaos on screen, it is hard to decipher what is going on much of the time.
The title character, a gold hunting desperado in the Old West (Taylor Kitsch), gets himself magically transported to the planet Barsoom (aka Mars), wh ..
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Since its story inspired every mainstream fantasy right up to Avatar, John Carter may seem a little old fashioned, but its a solid piece of fantasy en ..
And the world itself is about as beautifully crafted as modern motion picture technology can deliver, from walking cities and giant four armed apes to ..
No matter how you slice it, Andrew Stanton has created a fantastic and magical epic that makes John Carter the rightful heir to the Star Wars legacy.
The film could have been a triumph or, even more endearing, a wild folly on the order of David Lynchs mad science fiction epic Dune.But it neither tra ..
The story veers between interesting, boring and borderline incomprehensible.
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They come across as bland rather than exciting.Which is a shame because there are some talented people in the cast.
Maybe start by waxing comical on the films ambitious, yet ultimately flat visual style with little resembling a unique, original vision.Perhaps I coul ..
Even the top shelf effects cant overcome the largely toothless story.Given all the special effects laden 3D and IMAX offerings on the market these day ..
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Whereas Star Wars told an interesting story with unique characters and beautiful execution, Carter is a mess of a motion picture.
Yet even if the new movie isnt as eye popping as Avatar, fantasy fans shouldnt feel shortchanged.
I felt like there was this awesome party going on that I just didnt have an invitation to. It seems that if youd read the books, this would have been ..
Stanton honours the source material and creates a richly textured aesthetic and most importantly its a hell of a lot of fun.
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And there still museums with pay what you wish admission, if not every day, then on certain days weekly or monthly.You just have to know who offers wh ..
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The film is far from perfect. Sometimes its silly. But, the action and the atmosphere make this a world worth exploring. Paul Chambers, CNN.
I understand John Carter likes being on Mars (superpowers + hot, intelligent princess). I just dont want to be there with him.
The Scorecard Review
John Carter isnt a bad movie by any stretch and should satisfy those looking for something in the Avatar or Star Wars vein.
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But its light years more fun than George Lucas clunky Star Wars prequels, and it wins you over despite any reservations you come into the theater with ..
Thats a lot to pack into one movie, and Stanton does it mostly in the second half with lengthy scenes of expository dialogue and action sequences pace ..
Surprisingly, even the special effects heavy action and look of the CGI world are nothing to write home about; I can think of twenty video games with ..
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Andrew Stantons John Carter is often spectacular, with stunning action and thrilling moments.
Bad Ass Digest
Its not a bad movie, and its worth a matinee viewing, but its certainly not what it could have been.68 Decent.
And partly, thats because the unwieldy script keeps sputtering to a stop.
The digital creations are impressive and give the alien environment a unique look and feel.
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Yet John Carter is so eager to please that, despite its overblown execution, it still manages to feel intimate and fun.
It might not be the healthiest dose of eye candy, but it certainly satisfies.
A thoroughly entertaining adaptation of Burroughss second most famous literary creation, with enough adventure and humor to satisfy all but those who ..
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He made Finding Nemo which remains my favorite film in the Pixar canon.He made WALL E, which I love deeply and watch frequently.
The filmmakers had every right to rehash overly familiar material.
John Carter will be hanging from those man teets alongside animators for Treasure Planet in the new Disney World attraction: Hall of Disappointments.
If Cecil B. DeMille were alive today and given the chance to direct a special effects laden fantasy adventure on Mars, he might have made something si ..
The humor comes and goes in the space parts but the movie never decides if it wants to be fun or an epic.
Taylor Kitsch stars as John Carter.SDG Reviews John Carter Pixar veteran Andrew Stanton brings Edgar Rice Burroughs classic pulp hero to the screen, w ..
The storys got romance, humor, and even some philosophical gristle: Is war a cosmic constant
The villains are overwrought and the design of Mars is surprisingly bland.
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Might be the rushing through endless amounts of exposition needed to make sense of any of it.
30% less story would have been really helpful and made for a better film. At least for people who are not just watching something they have already im ..
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It ends up feeling half hearted, non committed; it never seems to be enjoying itself all that much.Either a sprawling ambitious all things to all peop ..
Not meh but not exactly yeah, either.The fault is not with Kitschs actingwhich falls under the standard issue brooding leading man with smoldering goo ..
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Director Andrew Stanton is the second Pixar animation director to peel away to live action filmmaking.
Its all great fun as Carter and Thoris endure scrape after scrape in this wild, near hallucinatory landscape, and director Andrew Stanton finds exactl ..
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Stanton fully embraces the challenge of crafting an entirely new realm.
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The finale beautifully and boldly brings the story within a book narrative device into the internal logic of the film instead of letting it rest as a ..
As negative leaning as most of this article is, John Carter is still fun and offers occasional moments of glory.
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The visual blight is sadder considering this is the live action directorial debut of Pixar filmmaker Andrew Stanton, who brought so much splendor to F ..
John Carter is a fantastic fusion of old fashioned adventure excitement and modern blockbuster spectacle.
Though its hard not to notice that this is every bit a Disney movie, as the film cuts away from every sword stroke to minimize the violence.But it tak ..
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Nicolas wanted bright, primary colours and everything to be really sharp.
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