Yeah..I know...the title is just John Carter. But it is based on the first of the "Barsoom" series of novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs. I read these novels years ago and they may have been my entry into the lifelong love of sci-fi novels (or maybe it was Jules Verne - no matter). I think I still have them in my stacks of old books.
What a fun movie. It is overblown, campy, visually impressive and just true enough to the original novels to make it my kind of movie. I'm sure there will be some who don't care for it because it is a CGI fest from start to finish. It cost too much and hasn't done too well at the box office...and that is a shame because now they probably won't make any sequels. I was looking forward to at least "The Gods of Mars" and "The Warlord of Mars" making it to the big screens. I may just go dig out and read the novels and see how they hold up many, many years later.
If you are looking for a couple of hours of classic (ie: old school) sci-fi brought to life with stunning current day CGI, and don't expect more than a cool "popcorn" flick...check it out. I enjoyed it.