John Carter


Adapted from Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ 1912 pulp serial A  Princess of Mars, John Carter suffers from the  fact that in the 100 years since its source material was  published, countless science fantasy movies have borrowed from  it, notably Star Wars and Avatar.

As such,  there’s a been-there, done-that feeling to the proceedings,  which involve a Civil War veteran (Taylor Kitsch) being  transported to Barsoom (a.k.a. Mars), where he joins a princess  (Lynn Collins) in her fight to save the planet.

It doesn’t help  that this live-action debut from Andrew Stanton  (WALL-E) is exposition heavy and that the human cast is unengaging.

On the other hand, the green-skinned, four-armed  Tharks and “monster dog” Woola are awesome, and the action scenes are fun enough.