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doublec 6/7/2012 8:36:50 AM

 Well said, ElBaz,  a huge reson this film failed so spectacularly was that it became PC to treat it as a flop. The herd mentality kicked in

I  thought the film  was a fine old-fashioned epic with all that genres plusses and minuses. Yes its bloated; note the word EPIC. Yes the plot jags around; so did Burroughs' novel. Yes Carter's strength is primarily used for huge leaps; anyone who's read the novel knows thats how Burroughs perceived it. The film was beautiful to look at, as was Lynn Collins, who was in many respects the best thing about the film with her spot-on Dejah Thoris. I agree Kitsch was way wrong for the lead, and the fact they kept him pasty white-while running around in a desert- to distinguish him from the red Martians didn't help.


And Tim, reread your first sentence before the dots . Doesn't make a helluva lot of sense, does it? There's at least two other glaring typos that I saw. Don't  make us start whing about proofreading again...

mellowdoux 6/7/2012 9:18:15 AM

 Take your bad review and shove it!
I'm with Death4Sale and the others. "John Carter" was an awesome family flick, and I have a strong hunch this is one of those movies that will find its audience over time.

Oh and as for boring? Tell that to my 9 year old. He's begging for a sequel, and that impresses the hell outta me.

Wiseguy 6/7/2012 9:19:10 AM

Agree dalgoda, this is my second fave film of the year so far also behind Avengers.

Saw it multiple times at the theater. Huge in scale, beautiful, great cgi all in all a pretty damn good adaptation.

It saddens, really saddens me when something this iconic to the genre just gets dismissed by most without giving it a chance.

 

tjanson 6/7/2012 9:44:50 AM

Wise...you think I didn't give it a chance?  I bet I'm one of the few who have actually read the original ERB stories including A Princess of Mars which this film was based on.  I also read and still have the first issue of Marvel's 1970s series.  I like the character.  Just didn't care for the film.  A better lead actor would have gone a long way to making the film more enjoyable.

Mellowdoux...Is the hostility really called for?  Guess what, I have a 9 year old too.  He absolutely loved Journey 2 The Mysterious Island.  Go figure...they're 9 YEAR OLDS! 

zopilotez 6/7/2012 9:48:56 AM

By the way, Disney has a lot of experience with this kind of movies:

- The Black Hole

- The Rocketeer

- Treasure planet

- TRON

Some 28 years from now, maybe they´ll be makin´  "John Carter Legacy".

Bryzarro 6/7/2012 9:57:14 AM

 I saw it.  And I really enjoyed it.  I gave it a solid B in my book.  The story was not too complicated to follow and the side story was pretty good.  I feel with it being a Disney property the least they could have done was maybe re-release a comic series to build up some attention.  I feel they did a ton of advertising but maybe they focused it into the wrong areas.

Who know.  But it seems the adventures are over for this franchise.  And I hate to point it out but poor Taylor Kitsch is now attached  to two Hollywood (Flops) with Battleship.  But me i'm still going to see Battleship this Sunday anyways.  I just love movies bad review or not.

karas1 6/7/2012 10:06:35 AM

Really, there wasn't a lot of good advertising for this film.  Nobody who hadn't heard of Burroughs' book (probably the majority of people) would have had a clue what the movie was about.

I thought it was a decent film, not great, but a lot of fun.  The visuals were awesome, especially the various airships.  And the green Tharks had a lot of personality.  Could have been a lot worse.

tjanson 6/7/2012 10:07:56 AM

Bryzarro...you nailed it and that was my point.  With the Avengers you had 4 years and 5 films leading up to its release.  Not to mention millions of comic book fans who read the Avengers titles.  But the average person doesn't know John Carter.  Marvels comic series was 35 years ago. 

tjanson 6/7/2012 10:09:40 AM

Karas...you hit upon the same strong points I mentioned...the visuals, the airships, The voice acting of the Tharks...I also liked Lynn Collins as mentioned.  Hated Kitsch though.

shac2846 6/7/2012 10:09:53 AM

 This is interesting, yahoo had an articles last week about how Battleship was a much bigger flop but because John Carter was the first of the year most entertainment news outlets refused to print the story. They interviewed some entertianment journalists and they said the reason they didn't really write on Battleship they said  "haven't we heard this story already" goes to show you how fair the media really is. Ast least John Carter had a heart and will likely find legs over time. Battleship will be forgotten before it even hits dvd. I thought Carter was great, I would have given it a B. Not Avengers and likely not TDKR good but definitely entertaining and a solid adventure scifi adventure film. 

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