JOHN CARTER was… baffling. Completely, totally baffling. A visual treat that couldn’t quite seem to nail a single tone down. Parts of it were completely horrid and parts of it were insanely unique. When Stanton plays the film tongue-in-cheek, the results were usually quite entertaining, earning a fair share of laughs. The parts that played it seriously, however, were melodramatic and cheesy to the point of embarrassment. On the plus side, Giacchino offers up a completely different, throwback score that calls to mind old-timey science-fiction as much as it does John Williams. A ridiculous, insanely mixed bag.