We had another delayed movie night (NFL Playoffs) so Sunday we started watching John Carter. Be warned the running time is 2 hours and 12 minutes! We didn’t not see this until after we started the movie and it got to be 9 o’clock, and it was still going. We stopped the movie (it was a school night), and finished it up the following Saturday afternoon.
John Carter is told mostly as a flashback from a journal to his nephew. He was a calvary soldier who no longer wanted to fight after losing his wife and child. He instead wanted to find a cave of gold. The calvary captures him, and tries to get him to fight the Indians. He wants no part of this and takes off. After an encounter with the calvary and the Apaches he finds his cave of gold. There is more than just gold. He meets what we later learn is a Thern (White Martian)
He ends up being transported to Barsoom (Mars) where he has superhuman ability and strength due to the lower gravity. He is taken by the Tharks (Green Martians) and then meets the Princess of Helium, Dejah Thoris (Red Men). Helium is being attacked by the Zodanga being led by Sab Than (and . To get peace Dejah must marry Sab Than. John Carter must decide whether this is his cause (and love interest) to fight for, or to go home to Jasoom (Earth). Once of the best characters he meets has got to Woola. Woola is basically Barsoom’s version of a dog.
There is a lot more to the movie, but I don’t want to ruin it for you. I really enjoyed it, but multiple characters, planet names, races takes me a bit to keep up.
Family Opinions: Hubs and I liked it. We had heard people didn’t, but we both enjoyed it. The Boy (9) also seemed to like it a lot. The Girl (4) was not a big fan. There is too much story for her, and she slept on the second day of watching it.
I noticed a couple Star Wars feeling moments during it. One when they were racing on the airships was a lot like speeder chase in Episode VI, and the other were the White Apes that reminded us of a Wampa.
One thing that did bug me was the city being called, Helium. I wish they had named it something else. I hear Helium I think balloons and high pitched voices.
I give it 4 out of 5 stars for kids 9 and older. It had some violence, but no gore and no language that I remember. There is a lot to pay attention to so younger kids could have some trouble, or parents with kids who can’t stop talking (like me) may struggle as well.