Is John Carter an ‘absolute mess’ despite massive budget?

A film lavished with a blockbuster budget, John Carter is an action-adventure telling the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter, who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions.

STV’s Grant Lauchlan was joined in the Moviejuice studio by screenwriter Sergio Casci and film critic Siobhan Synnot.

Grant thought it was okay, but – considering the Pixar pedigree behind it – he was expecting more.

Siobhan said: “I think it has to be more than okay as well. It cost $250m, it has to be one of the biggest box office successes of all time to make its money back. I don’t really see that happening.”

Sergio added: “I thought it was an absolute mess. I didn’t know who was doing what to whom, never mind why.

“I was dying for it to end. I just thought it was one of the dullest two hours.”

When Grant asked if it was because he was a sci-fi fan, Sergio replied: “I’m not a particular sci-fi fan, but I can appreciate good sci-fi films, and this ain’t one of them.

“We’re talking a quarter of a billion dollars, and I was just wanting Darth Vader to turn up and kill them all so they could go home.”

So, stars out of five. For Grant it was a “space odyssey that didn’t really take off”, and he gave it three stars.

Siobhan wasn’t as kind, giving it 2.5, while Sergio just gave it just 1.5, adding “please don’t make me watch it again”. Ouch!

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