I was invited to a press screening of John Carter at the Disney Studios in Burbank, CA, last Thursday. At the time, I had only seen one preview of the movie, a ton of billboards (that didn't give me a clue as to what the film was about), and hadn't really talked about the film with anyone. I said all that to say that I went into the film with a completely open mind.
John Carter is based on "A Princess of Mars," the classic first novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs (writer and creator of Tarzan). Disney classifies the film as action-adventure, but after seeing it for myself I would call it an action-adventure-sci fi-with a touch of romance-masterpiece!
The film follows the adventures of John Carter, a former military captain, who inadvertently discovers the cave of gold he had been searching for, while in the midst of battle with Indians. When he happens upon a man inside the cave he is suddenly transported to the deserts of Barsoom (that's Mars to you Earthlings). It isn't long before John Carter finds himself in the middle of an age-old war, speaking the language of the native inhabitants, and beguiling a Princess.
The film was directed by Academy Award®–winning director/writer Andrew Stanton, who has been a fan of the "Barsoom" series since he was a child. The cast is stellar (of course):
John Carter - Taylor Kitsch
Tars Turkas - Willem Dafoe
Princess Dejah Thoris - Lynn Collins
Sola - Samantha Morton
Tal Hajus - Thomas Haden Church
Also starring: Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Bryan Cranston, Polly Walker, and Daryl Sabara.
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This is not a paid post. I was invited to a screening of the film by Disney, which helped to facilitate this review/post. All views expressed are the opinion of Just Say I Told You So.