I loved this one as Edgar Rice Burroughs was one of my early finds, falling in along with such others as Heinlein, Norton, and J. Hunter Holly in my pre-teen years. A PRINCESS OF MARS still holds up well, I re-read it a few months back in anticipation of seeing this film. There were a few changes, such as his method of getting to Mars, er Barsoom, but I didn’t mind. The spirit of the novel was there and it briefly took me back to those younger days, far longer than seems possible. i can remember being twelve and wondering if I was ever going to grow up. Since I hit eighteen, it feels like it’s been downhill all the way, getting faster as the years passed.
I liked the effects, the story, the overall look of the film. It was easy to see that the makers, on every level, had respect for the source material. All those morons that call this a bad movie obviously don’t read, basing their pronouncements on dollar figures. It was almost guaranteed that JOHN CARTER couldn’t make back it’s 250 million dollar budget. That doesn’t make it a bad movie and I do think by the time DVD/Blu-ray sales are done, the television money all come in, it wll be out of the red. Maybe not an overwhelming money success, but still a fine film all around. There probably won’t be a sequel though.
At least we have this one.