March 16th, 2012
John Carter

Went to see John Carter a couple of days ago. The reviews haven’t been kind. From what I can tell it’s not doing very well at the theater. BUT, I thought it was a fabulously fun movie. I think the reason for the reviews is because no one realizes this film/book series came WAY before Star Wars and the like. People assume it’s ripping off other movies, when in fact it IS the pioneer. For those unfamiliar with the books (i.e. like me), the story is about a guy from the 1800’s, who was a soldier in the Civil War, getting sent to Mars. There’s a war happening on the planet, which he wants no part of because of his history. All he wants to do is go back home to Earth. There is a princess, sentient monsters, dog-like creatures, flying machines, and major power struggles. Basically, everything you need to make a fun film. The movie has the ‘feel’ of The Mummy and the first Indiana Jones, so if you liked those films, then you should really enjoy John Carter.

I’d love to see it again at the theater and I intend to buy it when it comes out on DVD.

Also, I’d like to send out a special thank you to everyone who spread the news about The Ghost Hunter Chronicles: Solomon’s Seals. I really appreciate all your help. 🙂

8 comments to “John Carter”

  1. You’re right. I read all of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Mars series way before any of the modern day ‘borrowers’ who usurped aspects of his creations. I’m looking forward to seeing the movie. Good review.

  2. Bernard,

    You know, I’m absolutely convinced the reason it’s receiving so-so reviews is because people don’t realize its lineage. It’s a really fun film.

  3. I saw it last weekend and really enjoyed it as well. There wasn’t any big surprises or twists in it, but it was fun and enjoyable for sure. I hope they make more, like a sequel .:)

  4. Sasha, Nope, there were not any surprises, but it was fun. 🙂

  5. LOVE these books like mad. I’ve had all of them (with the Michael Whelan covers) since junior high, and have read them over and over again. They influenced so many later famous stories, from Superman (leaping buildings in a single bound!) to Star Wars. I’m dying to see this movie, but haven’t had a chance yet. I’m glad to hear you liked it. I’m sorry it’s not doing too well in the theaters– I was hoping it would do well and spawn lots of other enthusiastic ERB fans:-).

  6. Ellen, I’m really hoping they’re able to do more, too. I don’t think they will, but you never know.

  7. k, my big problem with the movie was the poor pacing. There are 30 minutes of movie that were a waste of film–from the time the nephew starts reading the diary until the time that John gets sucked over to Mars. It was irrelevant that the princess had made the machine (it had no bearing on the movie) and the whole bit about John being jailed, chased, etc. didn’t add to the movie either. I was so bored by the time John ended up at Mars I was ready to walk. Then the movie got going and I enjoyed it through to the end.

    I think this is a prime example of a writer unable to cut the flak (and trying to plant seeds in the first movie for future installments and killing the pacing with it).

  8. Sylvia, See, I was too busy trying to figure out what was happening to feel like the story was lulling in the beginning part. I kept wondering who was following him. I agree, I don’t think the princess’s discovery was adequately answered. That said, the pacing didn’t bother me. I thought it was pretty brisk overall. At no point was I bored.

    The movie was a combo of multiple books, which is probably what you were sensing. The setup for the next movie was just him getting back to Mars. If they would’ve ended it where the first book ended there would’ve been a lot of very unhappy people.

    I really liked the movie and plan to get it on DVD. I’m glad you ended up liking it in the end. 🙂