John Carter – Movie Review

Posted on: March 12th, 2012 by



It’s not often that my husband and I go out alone. With two children under the age of six, we try to keep a fairly steady routine during the week. In fact, I’m always amazed at those couples who find time for a weekly date night. Our evenings, taken by job and community commitments, are busy enough to keep our guilt in check. But tonight, we did it. We went to an advanced screening of John Carter. Why? Because my husband loves sci-fi and, quite frankly, I’m a great wife.


See an exclusive clip from John Carter below

John Carter is Disney’s latest investment, an adventure-filled movie based on the novel “A Princess of Mars” by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The story revolves around a former decorated war hero who is transported to Mars, finding himself once again faced with fighting against his better judgement…but for different reasons.


In true Disney form, the graphics are state-of-the-art, the musical score is moving, and there is a princess to be saved. There is, indeed, a great deal of violence. However, there is a playfulness to the script that is unexpected and child-like. To be clear: this film is not meant for you; it is meant for your teenage son and should be seen in 3-D.



With a two-hour plus run time, it is difficult to decide what details within this complex saga are intended to resonate. For me, I personally found one specific line particularly poignant and worth discussing with my kids. It can be summarized as follows: Populations rise, societies engage in war, and the neglected planet dies., a universal message.


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In full disclosure, this post is sponsored in part by Disney, who provided Jersey Family Fun with tickets to the advanced screening to make our review possible. As always our opinions are honest and based on our experience watching the movie.

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Jennifer Auer is the hyperlocal mom blogger who runs Jersey Family Fun. From New Jersey, this mom of 3 boys just can’t sit still! Her husband likes to say she’s a work-at-home mom who never stays home. Jennifer started traveling as a child and hasn’t stopped since. Instead of letting her husband and boys slow her down, she brings them along! Did you know that boys behave better when they are out exploring? As her boys transition from tweens to teens there’s still so many places she wants to discover with them both across the U.S. and internationally. She has been a Jersey Girl for 20+ years, and a Jersey Mom for 8+ years and a New Jersey mom blogger for 10 years, although she'd much rather be referred to as an influencer or just by name. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Entrepreneurship from Bryant University in Rhode Island.

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