John Carter

I’ve recently bought the DVD of this sweeping , old-fashioned swashbuckling action adventure which is Directed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton (Best Animated Film, WALL-E, 2008)  and is Based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ exciting classic novel “Princess of Mars”.

The film stars Taylor Kitch as a war-weary, former Confederate captain frm Virginia named John Carter, who finds hmself inexplicably transported to the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars) after he enters a mysterious cave, and soon finds that, Far from being deserted, Mars boasts many of its own wierd and wonderful inhabitants including a race of barbaric 15ft/5m tall blue/green aliens called Tharks who capture John and hold him prisoner.

At first he finds their customs very odd, however he manages to earn their respect after clobbering a few of them, saving a few lives and demonstrating his prowess with a weapon, and even manages to win a few friends in Tars Tarkas, Woola and Sola, and becomes a Chieften among them.  The Tharks then capture a beautiful but fiery Princess from the great City of Helium, named Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins) and John takes rather a shine to her, unfortunately though he and the Martian princess get off on the wrong foot, since Carter knows nothing about the culture and customs of the red humanoid race, and they soon find themselves at odds with each other, gradually though she warms to him and he learns all about Martian history and discovers a planet inhabited by different races who are all continually squabbling with each other.   So John, Sola, Woola and Dejah decide to escape from the vicious Tharks and undertake a dangerous journey back to the Red Skinned Martians of Helium. However this proves to be harder than it looks and he has to undertake many hazardous adventures which bring him into conflict with  the Barbaric Green Skinned Warhoons, the Vile Warlord Tal Hajus, The Red Skinned people of Helium, the civilised peoples of Zodanga and the Black Pirates of Barsoom among many others before he reaches his destination

Events come to a head and John unwittingly becomes embroiled in an epic conflict against the forces f evil when he finds himself in the midst of an all out war between the various civilizations on Mars and those of destruction that will determine the fate of Mars and the survival of every single person on the planet!

The film also stars Willem Dafoe, Mark Strong, James Purefoy and For some odd reason it got a lot of bad press that it didn’t deserve. I’ve read all three Barsoom Omnibus’ and seen the film and I thought they were all great fun, sort of like a good old-fashioned, swashbuckling adventure/romance story along the same lines as Star Wars.

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