The most bizarrely fascinating aspect of the original novels is that everyone is stark naked throughout. Thus, for me, comix artist Richard Corben will always more faithfully convey the wild spirit of Carter in his Burroughs-inspired Neverwhere, in which practically every character's genitals are permanently exposed - even if they're wearing capes or cloaks - than any version with clothed actors could. Still, the film may be a good romp in itself. We shall see. The monster sculptures look great anyway.
That Martian warrior looks great.
What do you get when you mix Attack of the Clones with Avatar?
This movie, that's what.
"What a piece of junk..."
I do like the use of Kashmir, though.
I said it before:looks interesting,I'll watch it.
Just looking at the IMDB page for John Carter. Didn't realize Taylor Kitsch is from Kelowna - where I lived for the past 12 years before moving to Calgary this summer.
I'm a big fan of the Mars series and have all the books. I wouldn't call them overly dated as the culture of Mars and its people is unique anyway. The Princess of Mars dvd movie was an abomination and in no way did it resemble the books.
Now, while I see a few inaccuracies or deviations from the books in the trailer and the green warriors weren't as fierce looking as I had imagined, it looks promising to me. Plus Led Zeppelin's Kashmir, an unusual choice, sounded good in the soundtrack of the trailer. Personally I'm looking forward to it.
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Never read the books so I can't say anything good or bad about them. (Though from what I do know of the story it doesn't interest me at all.) I know Disney has the rights to Edgar Rice Burroughs work (considering they did Tarzan albeit an animated version.)
This film looks like Star War: Episode II and a half, which another words means garbage. It will likely tank and they'll do a bunch of direct to DVD sequels. I love how the actor seems to forget that his character is from the south and completely loses his accent throughout much of the trailer, only to use it again at random. Not that I could completely blame him, because he sounds ridiculous when he uses it!
John Carter was entertaining way till the last minute. Director Andrew Stanton and his team did a great job creating a world that felt REAL, more real than Avatar or the Star Wars prequels ever did.
I went to the IMAX 3D midnight screening for John Carter.
I knew practically nothing about the movie going in. Which was especially odd because I had seen practically every trailer and commercial for this movie. I think the marketing of this movie, and changing the name of the title are the two things that are responsible for this movies failure at the box office. The trailers did a terrible job at giving you a preview of what the story was. All I remember from any of the trailers is clips from the Great White Ape scene.
But issues with the marketing campaign aside, I loved this movie! I felt that it was a well put together and throughly entertaining movie. I was very surprised by the acting. I wasn't expecting to like any of the leads as much as I did. The special effects were very well done. After seeing this movie I experienced the rare moment where I've left the theater feeling that I'd gotten my moneys worth.
It's unfortunate that most people will pass over this movie and not even give it a chance because the commercials made it look like a rip-off of other sci-fi movies. I really hope that word of mouth catches on and more people check this movie out. I really want to see more of Barsoom in future sequels.
Please go see John Carter in theaters!!!
It would be ironic if people think this is some kind of "rip off" since it is based on the inspirational material of many films they might think it is ripping off. LOL
I went to see it with a couple other RPFers and a few others besides and we all enjoyed it. Woola stole every scene he was in and I can't help wondering how many pets will end up with that name in the next 10 years. I really liked Tars Tarkas and Sola.
And then the next Transformers drivel by Paramount and another unnecessary bloated Pirates of the Caribbean sequel will be released by Disney, people will turn out in large numbers for those. And the studios will stick to making those formulaic movies and won't risky something like John Carter anymore.
Meh. Never felt a connection or cared what happened. I would be shocked if this film lives up to the hype of being the first blockbuster of 2012.
My favorite review yet:
All that is missing is a pod race and senate debate.
Really mediocre at best in my opinion.
My Son & I JUST got back from John Carter. As someone familiar with the books & comics, I have to say they did a very good job of staying true, while making necessary changes for the movie medium & today's cinematic sensibilities.
I forgive the uneven attention to physics demonstrated throughout because after all, this is pulp SF we're talkin' about here, not 2001: a Space Odyssey.
The production looks marvelous. I'm SO glad we saw it in 2D so I could really drink in the reds & browns correctly.
This film seems to have more in common with Lawrence Of Arabia in terms of tone, scope & pace than Star Wars, and for ME, that's a welcome thing.
A more rousing musical score might have been nice, or maybe it was better than I was hearing- the volume was REALLY low in that theatre, and just last month I was saying that Sherlock Holmes 2 was deafeningly loud... go figure.
Oh, and there was a reason they changed the title from John Carter of Mars to simply John Carter (but you have to see the movie- it's just a little thing).
This is a self contained flick- no tacked-on 'hint' of things to come, or such. Another big plus with me.
I look SO forward to owning this movie- it might be the reason I finally get a Blu Ray player.
And I might see it again in 3d...
I remember seeing the trailers for this movie and really didn't have an interest in it whatsoever. I thought it'd be a good dollar show at best and thought, good lord... What a seriously confused looking movie. ( Knew it was a book but didn't know a whole great deal about it beyond that). From the trailers it looked like it was trying to be too many things all at once and wasn't sure what audience it was really trying to target, if not all of them.
Did I think it was a great film? Nah. It was, however, a helluva lot better than I ever expected it to be and I can honestly say I actually really enjoyed it! Had to scratch my head over why the horrible marketing because the trailers really made it look horrible. It's not.
It's nice to be pleasantly surprised once in a while and it was a least entertaining. Go see it!
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At least they had the balls to do retro-Sci Fi.
I'd love War of the Worlds to get the same treatment.
I went to see it with Tripoli at the 3D IMAX. I was surprised at how good it was. Not perfect of course; but a lot better than I expected. The dying world of Barsoom felt real. The musical score was good but not memorable in a John Williams sort of way. Vastly superior to Conan, marginally inferior to Avatar.
At least that's the way I felt leaving the Forum 30. Very much enjoyed the Avengers trailer before the movie also.