Skip to comments.John Carter Movie Opening Tomorrow Nationwide
Posted on 03/08/2012 9:09:54 AM PST by trailhkr1
Transplanted to Mars, a Civil War Confederate Captain discovers a lush planet inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians. Finding himself a prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter a princess who is in desperate need of a savior.
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Trailer of the movie looks good.
Back in the early 70’s the books of Conan and John Carter of Mars was on every youths bookshelf by the bed.
I must have had them all.
I'll be going - if not just for the memories.
Me too! My Dad read all of those Burroughs books, then gave them to me. Nothing like Burroughs and Howard! Going to check this out tomorrow, for sure. I saw an interview of the director and he sounded like a real ERB fan, and it looks like it will be faithful to the saga.
I remember reading the book when I was 11. Had a crush on the princess then and hoped all turned out well after the book ended.
Will be going to see shortly.
“I need a woman ‘bout twice my height,
statuesque, raven dress,
a goddess of the night...”
—from “I Need a Miracle” as performed by the Grateful Dead.
Words & Music by Robert Davis & Victor Imbres
I read a couple article where this is described as the next Waterworld.
The CGI work in the trailer is incredible. Stuff that was done only 4-5 years ago, considered state of the art back then is now old school.
I'm dubious. Sounds like another "Watchmen" to me. Lots of promise, low delivery.
My kids have read/are reading the books. They’re getting to go see the movie this weekend.
And it is the green Martians (the Tharks and the Warhoons) who have four arms and are 12 feet tall.
Dejah Thoris, the titular Princess of “A Princess of Mars” (the original title), was a normal human size (although she was a Martian and laid eggs).
I saw preliminary trailers on it last Summer and I think production problems led to a delayed release.
Every review I have seen has been positive. The comments I have gotten were that this movie encompasses about 3 of the books - glosses over some portions, while expands on others. But, overall a fun and entertaining adventure for the entire family.
My wife and I are looking forward to this. Good, family friendly movies are few and far between. Spare us the preaching on the environment, slavery, capitalism and white oppression - bring on some great entertainment, some humor and excitement.
So, what part of the movie accuses him of racism and of owning slaves, and therefore is unfit to assimilate into Martian society?
I will definitely be seeing this one over the weekend. I’m a big fan of the books. I’ve read all the books which actually feature John Carter, but have not covered all the Mars series books as yet.
I think the whole series is public domain these days, so if you have a kindle (or comparable access) you can download them for free.
“raven tressed”... You are, no doubt, correct.
As far as the princess goes, I suppose I could put up with her being an egg-laying martina and NOT being 12 feet tall, since she is not green and four-armed. After all, one should be willing to compromise, shouldn’t one?
> Back in the early 70s the books of Conan and John Carter of Mars was on every youths bookshelf by the bed.
I read “A Princess of Mars” in the 50s from an autographed copy passed down to me by my father. I wish I still had the book. The Barsoom series of Edgar Rice Burroughs was and still is my all time favorite sci-fi fiction. I hope Disney hasn’t beat the story up to much.
> I think the whole series is public domain these days, so if you have a kindle (or comparable access) you can download them for free.
I wish. The novels of Burroughs were public domain until about 2000 when they changed the copyright laws to 70 years beyond the auther’s death (it used to be 50 years). Burroughs died March 19, 1950, so we’ve got another 8 years before the copyright police let go.
The first five are out of copyright in the US. Project Gutenberg search for Edgar Rice Burroughs.
I think you'll have a hard time figuring out where the singing teacup fits in the Burroughs' original manuscript. < / just kidding, I hope>
The Tharks owned everything communally, and individual love or mating was punishable by death. Every mating had to be state sanctioned, and the resulting children were randomly assigned, not raised by their parents. The State was all, there was no family. One owned nothing, one was assigned assets by the State.
Dejah Thoris had a few words to say about this (and I hope her impassioned speech made the movie, but I doubt it)....
Why, oh why will you not learn to live in amity with your fellows, must you ever go on down the ages to your final extinction but little above the plane of the dumb brutes that serve you! A people without written language, without art, without homes, without love; the victim of eons of the horrible community idea. Owning everything in common, even to your women and children, has resulted in your owning nothing in common. You hate each other as you hate all else except yourselves. Come back to the ways of our common ancestors, come back to the light of kindliness and fellowship. The way is open to you, you will find the hands of the red men stretched out to aid you. Together we may do still more to regenerate our dying planet.”
Adapting Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Barsoom books is better than the usual comic book adaptations, I guess. I’ve always wondered why Hollywood hadn’t tried to create a franchise out of John Carter as they did with Burroughs’ Tarzan.
story has been PCd somewhat... Dejah is not the feminine drop dead beauty of the novels but a muscular he-woman, not really sexy at all... John Carter isn’t very bright in this version, taking a backseat (as is Hollywood’s way) to a more intelligent and stronger woman (dejah)...
see the actress remark on her portrayal here:
BTW, saw "Act of Valor" last night. Mixed: great to see the baddies die with no qualifiers. I thought the Seals were actually pretty good actors. Photography was exceptional---loved the scene with the rescue boats and their gatling guns. But overall, the plot line/story was quite weak, and should have had the whole audience bawling like babies at the end. Ultimately, it's always about story, story, story.
Never heard of them, and I was a youth in the 70’s.
I read all of the John Carter books. The post war attempts by Heilein were a disappointment, but the first were great!
Since there is no way Mars qualifies for global warming, I’d guess it’s on the threat of technology or “climate change”.
This movie is made by Disney, which bring us “Good Christian Bitches”.
I’m not optimistic about this movie. I expect an emasculated, PC John Carter.
OMG how horrible
Actually as portrayed, her appearance matches the description in the book except for one (admittedly significant) detail.
The lips aren't "ruby" (what were you thinking of?)
She has a bell button.....Does that mean she didn’t hatch out of an egg?
She has a belly button.....Does that mean she didn’t hatch out of an egg?
I’m betting it’s a gender thing. You probably only heard of the author’s other famous character, Tarzan, via television and movies. The books are fantastic, but they are the swashbuckling stuff of male adolescent fantasy.
The Tarzan of the books is markedly different than the Tarzan in movies and television btw.
Ummm, have you actually seen Lynn Collins? The 5’3”, 120lb actress is anything but a muscular he-woman. You have no earthly idea what you’re talking about.
Interminably long, dull and incomprehensible, John Carter evokes pretty much every sci-fi classic from the past 50 years without having any real personality of its own.
He is kicking a** in the trailer and fighting a giant orc monster, does not look too emasculated.
Of course they didn't show the part where he and orc decide to stop fighting, and wind up hugging each other.
Well, she is supposed to be a warrior princess. She looks pretty hot in the pics I have seen. Better than those hokey 40- and 60's sci fi clicks where the women only wore frilly dresses and all they did was scream. I like strong women.
I saw the interview you linked and no where did it say John Carter is not very bright and takes a backseat to Dejah.
I hope the movie is good.
Don't have high hopes after hearing they worked Matai Shang - the villain from the 3rd book - into the first.
No wonder people found the story confusing if they took the rather simple story of “A Princess of Mars” and tried to make it something else.
Telling that the ACTUAL story of “The Gods of Mars” (the 2nd book, where Matai Shang first appears), written almost a hundred years ago, is still WAY TOO AHEAD OF ITS TIME!!!!
The actual theme of “The Gods of Mars” would apparently offend way too many people.
My Grandmother got me reading all of the Edgar Rice Burroughs books in the last 60s and early 70s. I’ll definitely be going to see this one on the big screen.
There are only two kinds of critics - those you agree with, and those you don’t.
I’ll take a wait and see attitude.
I hope it is good, I loved those books when I was young.
Yeah, but I have no excuse.
I have a couple of books which together contain the lyrics for just about every song the Grateful Dead ever played, even the ones they only ever played once or twice. There are also several web sites deadicated to nothing but GD lyrics. Plus, I just heard Furthur play the song on a CD in my vehicle a couple of days ago.
I could have looked it up, but I relied solely on my increasingly defective brain...
Is that the same as “those who are right, and those who are wrong”?
; - )
Anything that gets trashed in the press is a must see for me.
Somehow I missed all the Oscar pictures even with all the movies I went to last year.
Ah, Dummy Me! I mean ERB, not Heilein!
That sounds like something a New York film critic from 2012 would say about anything with an ounce of fun.
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