Tuesday, 13 March 2012
If I'd listened to the critics I'd have given this film a miss. Thankfully, I don't really care much for what most of these hacks have to say -- particularly a certain tabloid critic who tried, and failed miserably, to crack jokes at the expense of Burroughs and succeeded only in revealing his total ignorance of the genre. Even worse were the people who accused it of plagiarism, despite the first John Carter story being written over 70 years before Star Wars.
Taylor Kitsch did a pretty good job as John Carter - a character I never really visualised clearly from the books (probably because the first person narrative made that unnecessary). James Purefroy makes an excellent Kantos Kan -- it's only a shame he doesn't feature more in this story.
The visuals were on a par with anything else I've seen recently, and the scope was as epic as the original Planet of the Apes.
There were a few points (usually during action scenes) where the editing left me a bit confused as to who was doing what to who, but generally the plot unfolded coherently and there was a nice balance between action and dialogue.
The most memorable scene for me involved Carter amongst a mountain of dead foes, reminiscent of the old Marvel comic book version, and a classic pulp image.
The only thing that jarred was the 3D, which was more of a distraction than an enhancement.
This is certainly a film I'll be watching again as I think it will bear more fruit upon each viewing.