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 John Carter
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Posted: Mar 16 2012, 01:39 AM

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Who's seen this movie?
Who's read the book it's based on?
What did you think of it?

I've been a Burroughs fan for almost 40 years and A Princess of Mars is one of my most read books(along with Tarzan)...I've been reading the reviews including the negative ones but decided to make up my own mind and went into the theater with an open mind.
I wasn't disappointed at all. All the characters are there,even with the small bit of back story,they incorporated all the unique aspects of the book that makes it a favorite read.
Willem Dafoe as Tars Tarkas was great, Sola was a great surprise as I thought that would have been a part of the book deemed unnecessary to the film.
I was smiling at all the little bits that they did put in there,and spent a lot of the movie muttering *they got it right* as those bits were revealed.

All in all an awesome movie that should be a hit but like Sahara wont be needs a sequel

I haven't seen any merchandise, which would really be cool. I'd love a t-shirt or something
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Posted: Mar 20 2012, 01:28 PM

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I've been a fan for years. I followed several artists who "tried" to get the film done, and failed. People like Kerry Conran who did Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow - and even the founder of Aint it Cool News - Harry Knowles failed. So when I heard that one of Pixar's top creative geniuses was behind the film, I was ecstatic. Pixar rarely fails - and always puts story first. But the first hint of issues surfaced almost 10 months ago when the decision was made to remove Pixar's name from the film. Then they decided to change the name of the film - from John Carter of Mars to John Carter. What??? If you know anything about behind-the-scenes /pre-production kinds of things - these are usually an indication of the kiss of death. When a studio or a top named director/producer pulls their name - or changes the title of an iconic book - look out.

Here's the deal. The film was actually decent. Not great - but certainly not the massive dud it became at the box office. It was - however - the worst marketing job in history. Nobody knew what the film was about. The trailers were horrible. There was NO buzz about the film. For some reason - I have read - Andrew Stanton chose not to use his name or past success (Finding Nemo - Wall-e) to sale the film. Why? Early estimates have the film losing $200M. Yikes! Sound familiar? I feel so bad - because the film could have had a great series of follow-ups. Nobody knows why some films succeed and others crash. Sahara falls in the same category - certainly a decent film - but one that was marketed wrong. On one other note - the soundtrack of John Carter by Michael Giacchino is perhaps his finest. Brilliant use of action sound - and symphonic blending.
Posted: Mar 20 2012, 04:10 PM

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I intend to watch it with an open mind too. But anyone who withdraws their name/studio tells you a lot. No matter what product you put out you should be proud of it no matter if it does not measure up in your eyes or the audience's.
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Posted: Apr 3 2012, 02:54 AM

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I've yet to see it, but people I've talked to personally that have seen it either loved or hated it, no in-between. I've heard it adhered to the book (which sadly, I've never read) quite well, but have also heard that it was "Avatar" all over again.
It seems it's just one of those flicks you have to make up your own mind on, and ignore reviews. I'm going to try and catch it before it leaves theatres, but if not, I'll have to settle for the 2D version on bluray/dvd,
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Posted: Jun 6 2012, 07:40 PM


I also agree that JOHN CARTER was a great film and faithful to the material. One critic seemed to think one big reason the film did not do well was the title. It should have been JOHN CARTER OF MARS was his opinion or even the original title of the book itself. However, that very same critic went on to say that, for some bizarre reason, the word MARS in the titles always works against a film. For some reason, audiences do not associate MARS as indicative of an intelligent or exciting movie. Too bad. JOHN CARTER was excellent much like, dare I say it, SAHARA.
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I read the book years ago and don't remember the story well. The movie looks interesting and should be a good watch. BTW Mr. Gly-girl scout cookies are made from real girl scouts-but they are concentrated. sneener.gif
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