Last week, I got to watch John Carter with a long lost friend. I entered the movie house not having any idea what the movie was all about. It’s funny that I haven’t even seen the poster or the trailer that time. I just went with it knowing that my friend wouldn’t have suggested it if it wasn’t any good.
After the first scene, I actually concluded that the movie was a comedy. My friend laughed at me saying that John Carter was a science-fiction movie. After watching the movie, even after realizing that it’s really more of an action-oriented science fantasy genre, I was laughing all throughout the movie! I guess, the small jokes injected into the movie worked for me like a charm I enjoyed watching John Carter!
The movie was based on a series of novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It tells the story of former military officer, John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who has become a wealthy scholar-adventurer. John was mysteriously transported into the planet Barsoom (Mars) when he encountered a white martian stern during a gold excavation hunt. He became dragged into the conflict between the inhabitants of Barsoom including the red Martian cities of Helium and Zodanga and Green Martians of Warhoon. However, in spite of that, John Carter learned his real purpose through his experiences in Barsoom and his love for Princess of Helium Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collines).
I loved the movie especially because I was glued to it. The story just kept you wanting to know what’s next. It was engaging! I’m glad as well that the movie was successful here in Manila. If you can remember, the actor Taylor Kitsch, who played the lead role in John Carter, has gotten lots of criticisms after not correcting David Letterman when the Philippines was wrongly tagged as the country where he experienced an airport incident.
And of course, Love being the main reason for a man to live and survive, made the movie a lot more meaningful. Romantics will surely love this.
My Rating for John Carter: 4 out of 5 stars