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11 March 2012 @ 10:01 pm
Picoreview: John Carter  

Ted and I just got back from John Carter. I really, really wanted to like this movie, which means I went in with kind of grim expectations, particularly since I’ve only just recently read A PRINCESS OF MARS (which I did in part because I wanted to know just how badly they were about to slaughter a classic work of science fiction), and I have to say…

…actually, I think they did the old man proud.

There are *problems*, yes. There were a few things explained that aren’t explained in the book (and one thing, more or less the first sentence, which is wholly ignored and I wonder if they’ll deal with it in the next movie), there’s one addition to Carter’s past that I don’t think was really necessary but eh, okay. There’s one significant storyline change that while I understand it, meh, I didn’t like it, and I fear it may cause problems with the structure of the next film. Aside from that, Woola wasn’t nearly ugly enough, and the Tharns were a little anemic.

But really truly? I thought they got the heart of the book, the sentiment of it, right up there on the screen in glorious spectacular spectacleness (I’m a professional writer. Don’t try this at home.). Lynn Collins was wonderful, wonderful, wonderful as Dejah Thoris. I thought they did a tremendously good job of taking a character who had been a quite astonishingly adept female lead in a book published in 1912, and updated her to be what she might well have been had Burroughs been writing now and not a century ago. I loved her. I loved her with all my heart.

I’d seen complaints that John Carter was too modern, which is possible. OTOH, as Ted said, “He’s just been thrown onto another planet with six-limbed green monsters and a dog that runs faster than the eye can see. Why not go with the flow?” :)

Anyway, yeah. We really liked it, and if I didn’t have to go finish watching another movie now I’d probably write more about it. :)

(x-posted from the essential kit)

Bryantbryant on March 12th, 2012 12:25 am (UTC)
That's what I thought.
Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on March 12th, 2012 01:11 pm (UTC)
I have always loved Dejah Thoris. Good to know she's been well-treated by the film -- and another incentive to see it.
TuftEarstuftears on March 12th, 2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
The dog seemed like a Disney addition, but I don't think I've read the original book! It stood out as, well, a 'for the kids' kind of addition. I liked the greenies otherwise.
kitmizkit on March 12th, 2012 08:44 pm (UTC)
The dog is not, in fact, a Disney addition. Woola plays a major role in the book. :)
TuftEars: Goofytuftears on March 12th, 2012 08:51 pm (UTC)
Zomg! Thanks for clearing that up. ^_^