John Carter delivers on the epic sci-fi/fantasy adventure that it’s promising. But the nicest surprise for me was the humor that writer/director Andrew Stanton (Wall-E) layers throughout. Disney has posted 10 minutes from the beginning of the movie, before John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) is transported to Mars. The clip establishes the main character and sets up the rest of the film through the eyes of a fictionalized version of a young Edgar Rice Burroughs (Daryl Sabara). But I recommend watching it to get a sense of just how funny the movie can be, here exemplified by a neat comic set piece created through editing.
Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Polly Walker, Thomas Haden Church, and Willem Dafoe also star in John Carter, which opens in IMAX and 3D on March 9th. Watch the clip after the jump.
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From Academy Award(R)-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes “John Carter”–a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). “John Carter” is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.