Welcome the first installment of Too Little, Too Late: a series of short, non-spoilery reviews of Disney (and Disney-adjacent) films that came out more than a month ago. Because that’s how we roll.
John Carter (now available for Amazon instant download or rental) is an epic sci-fi adventure in the vein of … well, pretty much every other epic sci-fi adventure you’ve ever seen before. But it’s also got a 17th-century Sherlock Holmesian feel and a smart Indiana Jones-esque humor that makes it undeniably fun.
A big part of that is thanks to the incredible team that worked on this piece of candy floss, including Pixar Director Andrew Stanton and the incredible cast. Oh yes, the cast. Allow me to introduce you to Taylor Kitsch as Captain John Carter, an actor who is almost as wooden as he is beautiful. (And good goodness, is he beautiful.)
A quick, non-spoilery plot summary for those of you who are pop-culturally stunted: John Carter is a bad ass Civil War vet just trying to carve out a life for himself when he is zapped to Mars. (Oopsie.) There, he finds himself in the middle of a civil war of a different kind. He also finds a girl (of course) in need of saving.
It (and I don’t just mean Taylor) drew me in from the earliest scenes, and as it went on, I loved it more and more … and more. By the end of the film, I was converted. What could have easily slipped into an over-serious farce, thankfully didn’t take itself too seriously. Overall, it strikes a fantastic balance between smartly funny, exciting and just a little bit campy. If you like Flash Gordon (1980), you’ll love this.
What did you think of John Carter? Let us know in the comments.