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.
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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.