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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Story, March 2, 2012
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Former Confederate Civil War soldier, Captain John Carter has nothing left to fight for when he finds himself transported to a desert planet. Suddenly among a warrior tribe of four-armed aliens and a beautiful princess, Carter ends up in the middle of another war. But when faced with the chance of returning home to Earth, Carter may have found a cause worth fighting for in Princess Dejah and the people of Barsoom.

Taylor Kitsch stars as John Carter, the bitter and destitute man who cares for nothing but his found cave of gold. Kitsch has a young face and stoic countenance, perfect for the role of the ageless John Carter. He's a believable fighter and a great straight man to plenty of humor. Princess Dejah is played by Lynn Collins, who has terrific chemistry with John Carter, and is just as strong and smart as her male counterparts (if not more). Mark Strong and Dominic West are fantastic villains, especially West as a surprisingly charming and attractive (though naÔve) despot. And my favorite characters in the novel (Princess of Mars) as well as the film were the Tharks, played by Willem Dafoe, Thomas Haden Church and Samantha Morton. Though CGI, the characters still brought depth, emotion, and humor and successfully brought Burroughs' characters to life.

Based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic Princess of Mars (published in 1917), John Carter is a surprising and exceptional retelling. I recently read Princess of Mars in anticipation for the film. And though the film doesn't delve into the depth of the Tharks' stories as I would have liked, it still captures the spirit of the novel. And the natives of Barsoom get an impressive technology upgrade, and the science is updated for the awe-factor in the film.

I had my reservations after seeing the official trailers. But I was happy to see that the screen writers and director Andrew Stanton knew what they were doing, even if the marketing was off. This fan was captivated from beginning to end and loved every minute of this epic adventure. Full of fascinating characters, life-like aliens, and advanced technology - science fiction fans will certainly enjoy John Carter. But the action-packed thrills, suspense, drama, romance, and incredible story will appeal to a wide range of new fans - of all ages. It's heart-warming, inspirational, and highly entertaining. Don't miss this one.
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Initial post: Mar 26, 2012 10:45:54 AM PDT
The Q says:
The "Therns" weren't in the original "Princess of Mars" book. They didn't appear until a later book.

Posted on Apr 1, 2012 7:44:45 PM PDT
I think she meant "Tharks."

Posted on Apr 3, 2012 7:22:29 PM PDT
Slick Jimmy says:
Come on, guys, the Tharks and the Therns are easily confused. One has 6 limbs and is near fifteen feet tall, give or take, are green, and live in abandoned, ruined, ancient cities, and the other lives in the cliff-side caves in the Valley of Dor, by the lost Sea of Korus, and they are white, 4 limbed, bald, and are the secret religious cabal that enslaves all the other races of Barsoom. It's an easy mistake to make after reading the Barsoom annals. That's why she probably mixed their names together and called them "Tharns." It's a common mistake on Barsoom too, or so I've been told.:P ;)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 10, 2012 5:04:51 AM PDT
SciFiChick says:
Yes, thanks for the catch!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2012 6:17:31 PM PDT
Originally A princess of Mars came out in 1912 serialized in a magazine. ERB used the pen name Normal Bean which was intended to show he wasn't crazy but a proof reader changed the pen name to Norman Bean. The Therns first appeared in the second book, "The Gods of Mars". As a long time reader of ERB (1965) I enjoyed reading your review; it was very well done.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 5:52:29 AM PDT
SciFiChick says:
Thanks, Michael! I'm reading Gods of Mars right now...

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 9:18:07 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 25, 2012 9:18:39 PM PDT
SciFiChick - Great review!! And wait till you get to "Warlord of Mars;" I think it is the best of the three and Woola returns and plays a BIG role in "Warlord!" Great book with lots of neat imaginative touches by ERB! Thanks again for the great review of an excellent and artistic movie!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 5:01:03 AM PDT
SciFiChick says:
Thanks, Debra! Looking forward to it!

Posted on May 6, 2012 7:19:18 PM PDT
Dale says:
This movie set box office record in Russia (according to Wikipedia) the so called critics lynched it badly here in USA and UK. People in Amazon seem to love it. What the hell is happening in this world?

In reply to an earlier post on May 6, 2012 9:30:11 PM PDT
SB - I think several things happened over here: (1) Richard Ross (now-departed head of the Disney motion picture division) did not like the movie, so he and his hand-picked marketing director (now gone also) decided that they'd give it minimal attention, no creative marketing, insignificant tie-in merchandise, etc.; (2) a lot of the critics didn't like how much the movie cost to produce ($250 million), so they panned it BEFORE ever seeing it, making it necessary for them to NOT like it when it actually premiered (otherwise they have to admit they were wrong in panning the film before seeing it; (3) Richard Ross declares the movie a financial failure just 10 days after it premiered (mind-boggling, huh??); and (4) many, many people in this country will buy anything they read on the internet or hear from "experts," so they didn't give the movie a chance, plus you have the head of Disney motion pictures saying it's a financial failure after its out only 10 days. On the other hand, folks overseas judged the movie on its merits and either didn't hear or weren't swayed by the "bad press" over here.
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