Seriously, haven’t we?
I haven’t seen the new Spider-Man yet, but I’m calling it. John Carter is my vote for best all-around geek movie of the year.
Prometheus and Dark Knight Rises have better individual moments, but they’ve each got a walk-in freezer’s worth of fridge moments.I enjoyed John Carter pretty much all the way through. You have to wade through three beginnings before it starts, but then it pretty much keeps moving.
I’d like to go and re-read the book, but I’d say most of the deviations from the book changed the story. It’s also interesting that many of the changes mirrored the changes made in the Asylum Princess of Mars version. Again, they greatly shortened the faux Indian captivity narrative and gave the piece an actual villain.
It’d also be neat to see a side-by-side comparison of Taylor Kitsch and Antonio Sabato Jr. Taylor Kitsch plays Carter as a reluctant antihero, which is pretty much the opposite of Burroughs’ fighting man from Virginia, but that may be what you get when you hire Taylor Kitsch. ASII brings a little more machismo, but Kitsch has a bit more gallantry and a much better southern accent.
Dejah Thoris was never the helpless damsel in distress she might appear, but making her a brilliant scientist turned into a good move. I never expected Tars Tarkas to be funny, but that worked, too.
I’m sorry this piece didn’t get a little more love at the box office, but I’ve definitely got the DVD on my Christmas list.