Disney does a fantastic job of bringing one of the original pulp fiction starts to life in this action-packed sci-fi flick!
The story is originally by Edgar Rice Burroughs (the same guy that brought you Tarzan). His Barsoom Series, was originally 13 books spanning from 1912 to 1964, exactly 100 years ago. The first book in the series A Princess of Mars is mostly where this movie derives its story. It has changed a bit, but most people won't know that. If you want to be one of the people who know that, the entire series is available on Amazon for a whopping $.99, or for free (both print/digital-wise and audiobook-wise on Project Guetenberg and LibriVox.org).
Now back to the movie. Taylor Kitsch plays the titular character, John Carter. You will recognize Kitsch from X-Men Origins: Wolverine, where he played Remy LeBeau or Gambit for the nerd group. He also played Tim Riggins in Friday Night Lights. His love interest, the Princess of Mars, is played by Lynn Collins. Whom you will also recognize as Wolverines love interest in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Also, you may recognize Mark Strong (Lord Blackwood from Sherlock Holmes), Willem Dafoe, Thomas Haden Church, and Dominic West. Andrew Stanton is the Oscar award winning director behind this flick. It appears he took a break from Pixar where he directed Oscar winning films Wall-E and Finding Nemo.
It appears Disney is banking a lot on this film. Its estimated budget is $250 million. Which is incredibly, and makes the movie look incredible. I don't know if they will make it back, but it did look pretty good. I don't think its worth the 3D, that probably could have lopped off a few million or so and not removed anything from the feel of the movie.
All in all? It is a thoroughly enjoyable family film, although do watch out for some scantily clad Martian females. I don't think its worth the 3D, if you can find a theater that offers it in 2D. It runs 132 minutes (or 2 hours and 12 minutes), which makes it drag a tad in places, but it comes back pretty quick.
Oh! And watch out for a fun easter egg...what is the name of John Carters nephew?