I saw John Carter and thought it was a very average movie, kinda reminded me of Cowboys and Aliens, probably due to the desert setting. Definitely forgettable long term and nothing worth seeing again on DVD.
I think the real problem with John Carter is the uncertainty of who to appeal to. The movie seemed to have dragged on and on and the transitions between the actions scenes were way too boring to care. I also think Taylor Kitsch didn't make John Carter a likable character at all. He'll probably be the same personality in Battleship.
They turned a drama into a comedy. They turned a drama about cops who can pass as teenagers into a comedy starring two actors who cannot pass as being in their twenties. They did this in service of his Divine Shadow ... and they never show any mercy.
I know zero french. Are they saying the actual movie lines, or are they saying the subtitles?
It sounds like they only have one guy doing the voices.
Haha, they're saying the movie lines, but all the subtitles are quotes from Sartre ^_~ Makes it even more hilarious, imo, because if the French had made Star Wars it would've been through a depressing, existentialist lens, by implication.
The appeal for John Carter was for those of us who loved the books. Chalk me up as an old man I guess, but it was awesome seeing the universe realized with a giant budget. I enjoyed it thoroughly. I understand why most saw it as a really pointless action flick, but as the original scifi super hero Carter was very true to his source material. He's not supposed to be endearing, he's the goddamned hero, he gets shit done.
So, couple problems with JC:
- Unlikeable hero. Probably due to the wrong actor choice.
- Female lead was middling at best; I like brunettes and still struggled with whether I thought she was very pretty or not, and thus in full makeup and costume.
- Theme? The theme was blurry at best, resulting in no real emotional thrust to the story.
- Jump-the-shark-jumping: I think mars gravity is 1/3 of earth. That doesn't translate into jumping hundreds of yards horizontally and vertically, especially not while carrying someone. At one point he picks up a ~500lb boulder and flings it. Breaks iron chains like nothing.
- Marketing was pretty miserable.
- Release-date is probably a negative factor. Should've made it a summer movie, or winter break. Aren't students right in the middle or just prior to finals??? Why would you release a movie reliant on teens and YAs when they're at their worst point time-wise?
- The big inversion ending was too low-key, didn't ramp tension. It was actually a smart ending, but not well handled.
I had never heard of John Carter before this movie started making headlines, and from the previews I saw, it looked too generic to really be interesting. If anything, all the hype about it has made me interested in the books while still being totally uninterested in the movie.