Directed by Andrew Stanton
This movie bombed at the box office. Might as well get that out of the way at the beginning. It was a financial disaster. That, however, has very little to do with the movie itself. Put aside the stupid naming and the bizarre advertising choices. Lets look at the movie itself.
The movie is actually remarkably faithful in tone to the book Princess of Mars even while changing some of the specifics. Instead of trying to update Edgar Rice Burroughs vision, it simply embraces it. And that’s probably my favorite thing about it. The creatures and devices are fantastical and the scale of the cities is epic.
There’s also plenty of action. Sword fights, flying, jumping. It’s all there. And the plot, while simplistic (it’s a blockbuster) is easy enough to follow.
It’s the characters where things fall down. Outside of John Carter and Dejah Thoris have decent character arcs, but no one else gets developed at all.
Strangely John Carter seems both too long and too short at the same time. At 2 hours 20 minutes the story drags at times, yet some aspects feel like they were never properly fleshed out.
Personally I think I would have cut down the framing story to a minimum and used that time to build up the secondary characters a bit more.
Overall then it’s a fun movie, but ultimately not very memorable. The best I can say for it is that it did inspire me to add the Barsoom series to my reading list.
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