John Carter is an adaptation of 100 year old science fiction novel A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It is an action-science fiction set in Mars. It is about a former Confederate military captain John Carter who finds himself transported to Mars (Barsoom to local Martians). While in Barssom, John Carter he became embroiled in a conflict among the inhabitants of the planet.
John Carter discovers the ability to take gigantic leaps; so gigantic that he can almost fly. With this ability and power, he became a valuable commodity among the conflicting inhabitants. He was captured by the Tharks, a community of tall four-armed and green aliens. The Tharks are caught in the middle of a war among more advanced species, the Zodangga and Helium who look like humans.
Carter eventually teams up with Princess Dejah Thoris. Princess Thoris is somebody who cannot be pushed around and is aware of her responsibilities. The princess is escaping an arranged marriage. The arranged marriage is being used as a tool to end the war and make peace. To make a long story short, peace was attained with the help of John Carter and married the princess.
The movie is a big budget movie with huge and spectacular battle scenes and very credible and authentic looking aliens. There are great and breathtaking set pieces. It has complex story (it could have used some clarifications) with a wide range of characters. It got romance, humor and action. It is a ton of fun from beginning to end although a lot of the dialogues are corny.
It is not one of the greatest movie ever made but it is worth watching again just for the breathtaking set pieces and battle scenes.
Taylor Kitsch stars as John Carter, Lynn Collins as the beautiful Martian Princess Dejah Thoris. Lynn Collins is so great as the strong Martian princess. Willem Dafoe stars as Tars Tarkas. Directed by Andrew Stanton.