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March 13, 2012
From Academy Award®–winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes “John Carter”—a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). “John Carter” is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.
My husband and I, along with our friend and his 12 year old son, attended an advance screening of John Carter last week. Before we arrived at the theater, I had no idea what this movie was even about, but I thought it would be something the guys would enjoy. It was a great movie!
John Carter was transported to Mars, where there was a fierce battle raging between Zodanga and Helium. The leader of Helium offered his daughter's hand in marriage to Sab Than, the leader of Zodanga, in order to end the war. Sab Than was being controlled by the Therns, who wanted control over the red planet, rather than peace.
John Carter was captured by the Tharks, but won over their leader, Tars Tarkas, who allowed him to escape to find his way back to Earth. Rather than returning to Earth, John Carter stayed to fight the battle and overthrow the plot of the Therns. He joined forces with the Tharks and stopped the wedding before it was too late.
Sound confusing? I will admit that I didn't really "get" the movie until the very end, but then it all made sense. This movie was action packed and definitely kept my attention through the duration. I didn't want to miss anything!
This movie had something for everyone. There were spaceships and alien creatures...
...a beautiful princess, a love story, and even a "monster dog" named Woola.
I didn't expect to find any humor in John Carter, but I found myself laughing every time Woola was in a scene.
I highly recommend this movie if you are looking for some great entertainment. John Carter is rated PG-13, but I would even take a 7 or 8 year old to see it, depending on the kid. Our friend's son said it was "cool".
For more information on this great movie, visit the official John Carter website. And for more entertainment off the big screen, Like John Carter on Facebook, or follow @JohnCarter on Twitter.
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received complimentary passes to the advance screening of John Carter. No other compensation was received in exchange for this post.