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'John Carter' 'Two Jews On Film' Are World's Apart On This SciFi 3D Adventure (Video)

  • Mar 8, 2012

By Joan Alperin Schwartz
Okay, so first I have to say that I loved 'John Carter', the Disney 3D SciFi adventure film directed by Andrew Stanton (WALL-E)...

The plot can seem slightly more complicated than it I'll just give you the main points. 

First, there's John Carter (the very handsome, Taylor Kitsch) a post Civil War Veteran who's absolutely fed up with war.    All he wants to do is find, a certain cave, that is supposedly filled with gold and spend the rest of his life far far away from any kind of conflict.  Good luck with that...

While running away from the U. S. Cavalry and a band of Indians, John does find a cave...but not just any cave.  This one happens to have a portal that goes straight to...Mars aka Barsoom.  Well, there's also this mysterious bald man that has this little gadget, but I'm not going to go into that.  Don't want to spoil the fun.

So in a blink of an eye, our hero winds up on The Red Planet.  Except he doesn't realize that right away.  It's not until John discovers that he can leap tall buildings at a single bound, that our soldier starts to get the idea that he's not in Kansas anymore.

 Actually what really seals the deal, is when John spots the 10 foot tall, skinny, green men with four arms.  

These primitive and at times, super vicious dudes are called the Tharks and they're led by Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe)    They give John a potion to drink and viola...he understands their language.  Same thing happened to me in Italy but my potion came in a Chianti Bottle.

When the Tharks see how high our boy can jump, they decide to keep him as a pet.  Of course John has other plans.  Especially when...

He meets a hot, sexy Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins) who comes from the Planet Helium.  (There's always a hot sexy princess, right?)

History lesson:  Helium has been in war with the Zodangans for a very, very long time.  The Helium people are the good guys...The Zodangans...Bad...Really, Really Bad.   The Zodangans are led by the Evil Sab Than (Dominic West) who is hungry for power and hunger for our Princess.

 There's also these three mystery guys called the Therns, who are shapeshifters and trust me, they get around.

Still with me?  Hope so because 'John Carter' based on Edgar Rice Burroughs serial novels, is a super exciting, romantic and fun film definitely...worthy of the four and a half bagels I gave it.

This film cost over $350 million and I know from the people I've talked with and some of the reviews I've read, people will either love it or hate it.  

Watch our video to see which side John landed on on and how many bagels he gave to 'John Carter'.  The film opens in theatres Friday March 10, 2012 and I think, you will definitely enjoy the adventure to Barsoom as much as I did. 
'John Carter' 'Two Jews On Film' Are World's Apart On This SciFi 3D Adventure (Video) 'John Carter' 'Two Jews On Film' Are World's Apart On This SciFi 3D Adventure (Video) 'John Carter' 'Two Jews On Film' Are World's Apart On This SciFi 3D Adventure (Video)

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March 08, 2012
Great stuff, Joan and John! As usual you two present two opinions that benefit potential viewers. I will see this weekend, my expectations are pretty low. I read the prequel that was publish ed before. Be back to comment more after Ive seen it. Thanks for posting it in our community.
March 08, 2012
Thanks so much Will. Looking forward to see which one of us you agree with. I have a feeling it's going to be John
March 10, 2012
actually it is yes and no. I reviewed it, I liked it in a way. The film was decent but just not as rounded as it should've been. It was a little hollow and uneven.
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John Carter is an upcoming 2012 action film featuring John Carter, the heroic protagonist of Edgar Rice Burroughs' 11-volume Barsoom series.[5] The film marks the centennial of the character's first appearance in 1912.

Former Confederate captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) is mysteriously transported to Mars ("Barsoom") where he becomes part of a conflict between the various nations of the planet, whose leaders include Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). Carter takes it upon himself to save Barsoom and its people from a growing threat.[5][6]

The film is the live-action debut of director/writer Andrew Stanton and is co-written by Mark Andrews and Michael Chabon. It is produced by Jim Morris, Colin Wilson, and Lindsey Collins, and scored by Michael Giacchino.[1][7][8]

Walt Disney Pictures is distributing the film; it will be released in the United States on March 9, 2012.[9][10][11] Filming began in November 2009 and principal photography spanned from January 2010 to July 2010.[12][13] This project marks the first time that Andrew Stanton has worked on a live-action film; his previous work includes the Pixar animated films Finding Nemo and WALL-E.[7][14] The film will be released in the Digital 3D and IMAX 3D formats.

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Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Studio: Walt Disney Studios

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