Movie Review: John Carter

I had no idea what to expect  going in to see this movie: John Carter. I just wanted to kill some time and relax; I wasn’t looking for a perception-altering life event, just a few hours of entertainment—something I might review for my blog, if I felt the inspiration. And I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised; I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It was more Science Fiction than Fantasy, but regardless, it was worth seeing.


The movie tells the story of John Carter, a U.S. cavalryman around the late 1800’s. He is through with military life, and just looking for a pay day so he can retire in comfort. But fate has something else in store for him. Before he knows it, he’s whisked away to Mars and finds himself embroiled in a civil war that threatens the entire planet. He meets a beautiful princess, leads a massive uprising of the “Tharks?” (not sure of spelling) to come to the aid of the princess and her armies. It is a classic tale of good versus evil.


The movie was in 3-D. I have to say, I don’t really care so much for 3-D. When I’m engrossed in the movie, I don’t even notice most of the special effects, particularly if there is a good storyline… which this movie had. It would have been fine seeing this movie in 2-D. Anyway, the plot was good and there were only one or two predictable parts that I saw coming. The bad guys were bad, the good guys were good, and there were one or two sprinkles of good humor here and there.


I’ll give John Carter four out of five stars. And I heartily recommend it for science fiction buffs, and even fantasy buffs—they usually enjoy science fiction, too.

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About atoasttodragons

The author, Matthew D. Ryan, lives in northern New York on the shores of Lake Champlain, one of the largest lakes in the continental United States, famous for the Battle of Plattsburgh and the ever-elusive Lake Champlain Monster, a beastie more commonly referred to as Champy. Matthew has studied philosophy, mathematics, and computer science in the academic world. He has earned a black belt in martial arts.

4 responses to “Movie Review: John Carter”

  1. Steve says :

    I keep reading good things about it this morning after consciously deciding not to watch it last night. Guess I’ll go ahead and watch it after all.

  2. Musha Slater says :

    I don’t understand why every single movie needs to be on 3 -D. I’ve seen more than dozens of war films in 2 -D and they were great. Watching 3 -D distracts you from the story line and can hurt your eyes when you watch long enough. Don’t you think so?

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