John Carter: Worth Your Free Time ?

Some close friends were in town and we decided to go and watch John Carter, the new Disney movie. So preoccupied with my situation in life, I must be the only one who had not heard of the movie. Because, everyone else I talked to about it had either watched it or the trailer. And, while I went to watch the movie with no clue about its plot and with no expectations, I am glad that I watched it.

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The Plot In Short

The truth is we are not alone in the universe. Former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) from Virginia realizes this when he is "telegraphed" to Barsoom (Mars) and is taken captive by the Tharks, the four-armed barbarians. Due to the low gravity and his different bone density, Carter can now jump (almost fly) to extreme heights and is stronger than he ever was. He saves princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins) of Helium and escapes from the Tharks. The princess helps Carter find a way to return back home while she tries to persuade him to stay and help Helium survive the battle against Zodanga. Assuming Carter gone, the princess loses hope and decides to marry Zodanga's leader to stop the ensuing destruction. However, Carter not only discovered a world unknown to the humans, he also rediscovered his humanity in this land. He decides to stay and fight for Helium and the princess. With determination in his heart and his unique abilities, Carter accomplishes amazing feats, becomes the leader of the Tharks, defeats Zodanga and finally becomes the king of Helium by marrying Dejah.

(This is not the entire story, there are the immortal Therns who want Barsoom destroyed and a lot more. This is the plot in short, watch the movie for the rest.)

5 Things I Really Liked About The Movie

The movie was amazing in 3-D. But, as is the case with almost all other movies I like, I tend to love certain aspects of the movie more than the rest. These are my personal favorites from the movie:
  • Tars Tarkas introducing Carter as Virginia to the Tharks.
  • The Body language of the four-armed Tharks, especially Tars Tarkas. The way they move and use their arms is worth noticing (By the way, the four arms suit and complement their overall anatomy).
  • Tars Tarkas referring to his "right arms" more than once.
  • The nice architecture, the landscape of Barsoom and the design of flying crafts and ships.
  • John Carter's Barsoomian pet, Woola, runs like the wind and is not only lightening fast but also incredibly cute and fun to watch. 

Worth Your Free Time ?

In my opinion, a definitive yes. The movie is based on characters from Edgar Rice Burroughs' Barsoom series of novels. The story was written years ago and probably inspired a lot of science fiction movies. Do not compare it with movies like Avatar, and don't judge it based on its scientific accuracy. Leave your expectations and prejudice at home and enjoy this very entertaining movie in 3-D. I repeat, watch it in 3-D.

(When I watched the movie I didn't know the story was based on the Barsoom series of novels. So, at times the movie felt ignorant of our current scientific understanding and bereft of logical reasoning. However, now that I know, I would rather give the author credit for his imagination and creativity.)

You can also buy it from amazon (Blu-ray) when it is available. And, although it is an affiliate link, I recommend you to rather get the tickets and watch the movie on the big screen in 3-D. You could still buy it for your collection though.

For more information, visit the official Website or the movie's imdb page.


This isn't a regular movie review. We watch the movies that seem promising in our free time and then tell you whether it was worth it.


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