Saturday, 17 March 2012

John Carter (2012)

Director: Andrew Stanton
Writer: Andrew Stanton, Mark Andrews, Michael Chabon (Screenplay) based on the story 'A Princess of Mars' by Edgar Rice Burroughs. 
Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe and Mark Strong
Story: A Civil War vet accidentally gets transported to Mars, where he finds himself in the midst of a war between the two colonies inhabited on the red planet. 
Verdict: For Andrew Stanton's first foray into live-action he couldn't of picked a more difficult subject. A story based on Edgar Burrough's popular story about a Civil War vet gets transported to Mars to find that not only is there life but a war between the two tribes that inhabit the lush planet. Many people have tried and failed before him to bring this character to the big screen and it was quite a surprise when Stanton finally received a green light. A life-long fan of the series, Stanton had a huge task to ahead of him to not only win over critic's but the fanboys as well. Although with an impressive resume which includes Finding Nemo and WALL-E, he was already standing in good stead. Pixar are famous for investing in their character's development while still having an emotional and gripping storyline, which is something Stanton would need to re-create to class this movie as a success. Luckily he has achieved it.
Stanton has brought the big red planet to life with the perfect use of the CGI, creating an immersive world that stands tall with the likes of Avatar. The universe is so diverse with detail, from the Thark martians who first come across Carter to the sky ship battles towards the end of the film, you can almost find yourself getting lost in every minor detail.
In what you come to expect from these guys though is the investment in the characters and Stanton delivers with aplomb. Hiring an almost unknown, Taylor Kitsch makes Capt. John Carter is own with an outstanding performance that brings a naturalism to the character that you so often see in Pixar movies. The Thark's are a convincing alien race with some good performances from the likes of Willem Dafoe and Ciaran Hinds. I did struggle to invest in the Princess Thoris relationship with Carter and perhaps Lynn Collins played the character too much like a lost princess for me to care.
Ultimately Stanton has delivered a worthy sci-fi film that, like Avatar, brings the genre to a whole new level with an immerse and beautiful depiction of Mars. 
Story: (9/10)
Cast: (8/10)
Director: (10/10)
Favourite Character - Carter's pet almost steals the show as a loveable/loyal alien/dog.
Least Favourite Character - Strong almost coasting as the bad guy yet again, time for his to do something else i think.
Special Effects: (9/10)
Music: (7/10)
Cinematography: (8/10)
Settings: (9/10)
Trivia: This film had been in development hell for the best part of 80 years with the very first intention of bringing the story to the big screen started way back in 1931.
Similar Too: Pretty unique with Star Wars and Avatar all borrowing elements from Burrough's stories.

Rating 86%


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