I had mixed feelings about seeing "John Carter." All of the trailers made me think of the film as
an "Avatar" wannabe but it wasn't until later when I found out about the saga being the backbone of all sci-fi stories like "Avatar" and "Star Wars." However, I felt that it lacked the impact of both films because both "Avatar" and "Star Wars" were taken to levels that were completely unforeseen but "John Carter" was so novice. It didn't go to the limits set by other science fiction classics but it was a visually sharp and had its own culture. I just felt that Andrew Stanton could have done more creatively but it was good enough to hold my interest. The actors were alright. Kitsch and Collins weren't spectacular but they weren't awful either. The only thing keeping this movie from being a "so-so" is the visual effects. This was nothing more than an amateur prototypical science fiction film.
It wasn't the best movie Meryl Streep starred in, but it was definitely one of her strongest and
riveting performances in her collection of remarkable character portrayals. Her performance as the strong-willed, determined, steadfast and resolute female prime-minister Margaret Thatcher proves that she deserves every accolade and award she deserves because she was absolutely masterful in this movie. The supporting cast, especially Jim Broadbent, was also very good but they were in a sense dwarfed by Streep's performance. The technical details, in particular the camera work and the editing, were a little shoddy and it was disconcerting of Phylidda Lloyd to make this movie a portrait of Thatcher instead of focusing on her actually story of how she became prime minister. I think Meryl Streep did carry this movie but it could have been better if the cast and crew around her stepped up. A good movie nonetheless.
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