John Carter effortlessly cruises through a two-hour plus running time, in part because director Stanton doesn’t hew to tradition or convention in terms of visual presentation. Specifically, Stanton takes full advantage of unconventional editing techniques – jump cuts, for instance -- to craft humorous montages out of small moments that might have been neglected or ignored in another director’s hands
John Carter features gorgeous photography (particularly in the scenes set on the river of Isis), but more importantly, highlights a charming romance. Carter and Dejah fall in love – with all the expected sparks and hardships – and for once in a movie of this type, the scenes resonate and provoke interest rather than inducing winces. The film possesses that otherworldly quality of charm, to quote Harve Bennett, and you can detect that charm in the fun (but not annoying) bull-dog sidekick, in Tarkas’s humorous dialogue, and most importantly in Stanton’s selection of shots and editing techniques.
Finally, I would like to report that I felt like Tars Tarkas did while watching this film – that when I saw John Carter I believed it was a sign that something new can come into this world.