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John Carter - Film Review

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by Emilie Rosa (subscribe)
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Keen to escape spending another Saturday night watching UK Wipeout or Funniest Home Videos? Me too. In my search for a new source of Saturday night entertainment I decided that a weekly weekend trip to the cinema might just be the solution.

On the first Saturday night, taking a chance at potluck, I turned up to the cinema with almost no idea of what titles were showing. However, I did have one firm notion: under no circumstances was I going to see John Carter. Pay to see another underwhelming, intelligence insulting superhero action movie? No thanks. As far as I was concerned I had seen the preview and that was enough.

But with a giant queue and a pamphlet in hand I narrowed down the very limited options to Project X and John Carter. The winner, with a grumble, was John Carter. And after being charged an extra $4 to sit in V Max cinema, $3 for 3D glasses and the plain old fact that the movie was in fact 3D, I was not in the best of moods. I was armed and ready to launch some serious rotten tomatoes.

But, as the old cliché goes, one should never judge a book, or rather a movie, by its cover.

From the moment the movie started I was hooked. I was completely transfixed by the cleverly told and easy to follow story of a man who travels through time and space to the planet Mars, where he ends a war, falls in love with a good-looking Martian princess, gets hitched, fails to defeat the bad guy, gets condemned back to Earth and eventually finds his way back to Mars. Oh, not to mention that due to the lower gravity on Mars he gains the ability to fly. The special effects were world class, the actors were convincing and it did a pretty good job of sticking to the original comics too.

Yes, there were some cliché moments and perhaps not enough explanation re the purpose of the bad guys. But I didn't care - because like all good movies, John Carter made me forget about the flaws. I even forgot how much I hate 3D! And when I left the cinema my horrid mood was replaced by that warm fuzzy happy feeling of having been thoroughly entertained. I'm not embarrassed to say I like this movie. Heck, I'd watch it again and warmly recommend it with two thumbs up.

If you're still hesitant, my advice, ignore the critics and form your own opinion. Watch this movie with an open mind and your imagination will be rewarded. And you'll have a bit of fun along the way.

My verdict: whether you head to the cinema or hire this movie out, John Carter is worthy of a few hours of your time on Saturday night.

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Why? To avoid spending another Saturday night watching Funniest Home videos.
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