I have to say I was surprised by the John Carter movie. All I had heard was gloom and doom and meh. I went in expecting another Green Lantern. Something that just didn't live up to expectations or didn't fit well with its own story. That was not this movie. The critics are liars. Yes it is very tropey and cliche. So are lots of other movies that have come out and will come out. It executes the tropes superbly. If you haven't seen this yet you should. It is a lot of fun in an action movie way. The players are slightly different due to the science fiction nature of the piece but they all player their parts well in a satisfying manner.