I have to admit, I’ve sometimes let movie reviews decide whether I’ll see a movie or not. It’s hard to argue against the Tomatometer over at Rotten Tomatoes. Which is why I’m glad I didn’t “listen” to the critics and other online sources regarding JOHN CARTER because it is definitely worth seeing.
It’s disappointing to see all the negative press this movie has been getting. Even months before it’s released, various industry pundits were bashing it over how much it cost (rumoured to be around $250 million), how even the title JOHN CARTER confused people as to what the movie was about and how it would appeal to different target markets, and so on. All of this scrutiny for no apparent reason. You would think certain media outlets and blogs were chomping at the bit for this movie to fail. Even now with a $30 million US opening (I think it’s over $100 million world wide), those same blogs and media outlets have tagged JOHN CARTER as a financial and critical bomb.
Then there are those blogs and news sites which actually enjoyed the movie. And like me, they don’t understand where are the vile and dislike is coming from. True- it isn’t perfect (the middle sags, and the back story of Mars can be confusing at times) but other than that, I found JOHN CARTER to be better and funner to watch than CAPTAIN AMERICA and THOR combined.
So don’t listen to the critics and bloggers who would have you believe it’s a horrible movie because it isn’t. JOHN CARTER deserves to be seen. It’s a great sci-fi action movie full of charm and adventure, has a great story, and is a visual treat.