Callum Mortimer’s Different Take: John Carter is beautiful but flawed

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Based on the novel A Princess Of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Disney’s John Carter tells the story of a captain in the American Civil War who finds himself strangely transported to the planet Mars (known to it‘s inhabitants as Barsoom).

The goal? Save all the species on the planet from extinction.

Let’s begin with the positive points.

First and foremost, the landscape is vast, desolate and in some cases, very beautiful.

This is one of Disney’s grandest adventures to date.

Secondly, what a good film needs is some well known names and John Carter really doesn’t disappoint, with names such as Mark Strong, Willem Dafoe, Dominic West and James Purefoy all lending their talent to the film.

Taylor Kitsch also did well in his first lead role.

Prior to this, Kitsch did mostly television work, with his big break as Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

He’s rugged, he’s attractive, and he has that well defined charisma which means that he settles into challenges like this quickly.

In truth, the film was planned out to be three things; two hours long, in 3D and of a blockbuster quality. One could say that two out of three isn’t bad, and they would be right. The nearest comparison that could be made to this particular film is in fact Avatar.

Both projects had fairly similar budgets, however Avatar has made far better use of what was available, and went on to be the most successful film in movie history.

Also, the plot line seems all too familiar.

Did we really need another ‘man goes to another planet to try and save the natives’ storyline so soon?

There may be a few flaws with this film, however, you cannot fault Disney for having a good crack at a sci-fi epic.