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The UnPopular Opinion: John Carter

Apr. 24, 2013by: Alex Maidy

THE UNPOPULAR OPINION is an ongoing column featuring different takes on films that either the writer HATED, but that the majority of film fans LOVED, or that the writer LOVED, but that most others LOATHED. We're hoping this column will promote constructive and geek fueled discussion. Enjoy!

**** SOME SPOILERS ENSUE****

Just over a year ago, Disney had two big budget movies coming out that was a big risk for the studio if fans did not turn out in droves to see them. One turned out to be a massive success (THE AVENGERS) and the other one of the biggest box office bombs of all time. JOHN CARTER did not click with critics or the movie-going public and I consider that a huge shame. JOHN CARTER is everything that a STAR WARS or INDIANA JONES fan could want in a movie and is a massive amount of fun to watch on repeated viewings. If you haven't given the movie a chance, you are missing out.

JOHN CARTER, like STAR WARS or THE LORD OF THE RINGS, consists of an intricate mythology that is barely scratched in a single two hour film. The ten novel series by Edgar Rice Burroughs is one of the greatest adventure series in all of literature and was a direct influence on George Lucas and James Cameron. To see JOHN CARTER may come across as derivative of STAR WARS when in fact the Lucas films paid homage to the Burroughs books countless times over. Maybe that was the problem or the awful marketing job that Disney did with it, but JOHN CARTER is one of the best times I have had with a movie in years.

Like the scene in ATTACK OF THE CLONES, only not a sucky piece of shit.

Sitting in the theater as the opening of JOHN CARTER illuminated the screen, I thought about the feeling you get when you immerse yourself in a movie. This can sometimes be hard to do with a world as foreign as the Martian landscape in this movie. You have several races of alien beings to keep track off and a full amount of suspension of disbelief is needed before you can fully enjoy JOHN CARTER. But, let the opening backstory wash over you as we learn of the battles being waged between the cities of Zodanga and Helium and you will find yourself returning to the wonder when you first heard the words Tatooine, Alderaan, and Coruscant. Watch the stunning technology the Martians have under their control and feel the awe of the vistas of the red planet as they unfold on the screen. Nowhere on the screen is there a moment where the CGI falters. In fact, I find it safe to say this is the best CGI on film outside of AVATAR. JOHN CARTER is a 100% immersive film that succeeds in sucking the viewer in. In no time, I felt like I had a grasp of the cultures and classes at war in the film.

And then comes JOHN CARTER himself. I was wary of Taylor Kitsch when he played Gambit in X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE, but I bought into his role here. He is at once Luke Skywalker and Han Solo. He balances that duty of being the chosen hero right alongside the swarthy brigand looking for fortune and glory. He is a movie hero of the highest caliber. You can see the influence this character had on the creation of the STAR WARS characters as well as Jake Sully in AVATAR and Indiana Jones himself. I would gladly rank him up there as the type of classic film hero for kids to idolize. He stands up for himself, those less fortunate than him, and the woman he loves.

Please cast Lynn Collins in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII. Please!

Which brings us to Lynn Collins as Princess Dejah Thoris. Another X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE alum, Collins is a striking and gorgeous cross between Princess Leia and Neytiri. She is smart, capable in battle, and did I mention unbelievably hot? I began having a huge crush on Collins after seeing this movie and could only imagine what my junior high school self would have thought of her had this movie been released during my formative years. Her banter with John Carter is a highlight of the movie and the chemistry between Collins and Kitsch is palpable. Collins represents one of the casting home runs in this movie alongside Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, Mark Strong, Bryan Cranston, and Willem Dafoe.

Dafoe, who plays Tars Tarkas, leader of the Thark race, worked with director Andrew Stanton on FINDING NEMO. Stanton must have known that Dafoe's iconic voice would have worked perfectly for the fully CGI alien and he was right. The Tharks feel as real on the screen as the N'avi did in AVATAR or Gollum in THE LORD OF THE RINGS. After their first introduction, I stopped thinking of them as cartoons but rather real actors on the screen. That is a testament to the technology used in this movie and the director of Stanton. After years of working at Pixar, Stanton has become a master of knowing the best way to use computer realizations on the big screen. JOHN CARTER will be looked at as one of the most underappreciated uses of CGI of all time.

The most interesting CGI character since Kristen Stewart.

Drawing on his connections with Pixar, Andrew Stanton brought the tone and love for cinema with him from that group. Pixar films are made with an eye towards quality, original ideas, and love of the movies. JOHN CARTER has all of those and more. The score by Michael Giacchino is another masterpiece that, to me, cements him as the successor to John Williams. The music is sweeping and memorable and you will catch yourself humming it long after the movie is over.

There is something to be said regarding the cheeziness of JOHN CARTER. I have heard complaints that the dialogue is awful and over the top. There is nothing in JOHN CARTER that ever comes across as groaningly stunted as the lines delivered in any of the STAR WARS prequels, the peak of bad dialogue. But, this is not a movie designed to be a Best Picture winner at the Oscars. JOHN CARTER is meant to be "INDIANA JONES on Mars". It is supposed to harken back to the days of movie serials like Buck Rogers or Flash Gordon, the same kind of goofy fun times that we all found refreshing and exciting as long as it featured Jedis and Sith lords.

JOHN CARTER may not have been a box office winner, but it is a great movie. I would rather spend an afternoon rewatching this movie than most of the movies that make hundreds of millions of dollars. JOHN CARTER has more thrilling moments, genuinely emotional scenes, and quality filmmaking than most of them.

Oh, and if you have any suggestions for The UnPopular Opinion Im always happy to hear them. You can send along an email to alexmaidy@joblo.com, spell it out below, slap it up on my wall in Movie Fan Central, or send me a private message via Movie Fan Central. Provide me with as many movie suggestions as you like, with any reasoning you'd care to share, and if I agree then you may one day see it featured in this very column!

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11:51PM on 04/24/2013
A lot of my friends thought I was crazy when I called this one of the best films of 2012. I saw it in IMAX 3D opening weekend and I thought it was amazing. There were a lot of kids and adults in the theater and they all seemed to like it. There is nothing ever wrong with a movie being inspired by other movies, as long as it does it right. For the most part, it reminded me of a mix of an old western and the Star Wars prequels, even besting the Star Wars prequels. I agree that Disney marketed it
A lot of my friends thought I was crazy when I called this one of the best films of 2012. I saw it in IMAX 3D opening weekend and I thought it was amazing. There were a lot of kids and adults in the theater and they all seemed to like it. There is nothing ever wrong with a movie being inspired by other movies, as long as it does it right. For the most part, it reminded me of a mix of an old western and the Star Wars prequels, even besting the Star Wars prequels. I agree that Disney marketed it wrong. They should of stuck with JOHN CARTER OF MARS as the title, which sounds cooler anyway. Just calling it JOHN CARTER makes it sound like a legal drama. I remember Disney Channel had ads focusing more on the aliens and the gadgets than the title character. Why couldn't they just present it as a big budget sci-fi film for all ages? Hopefully, this movie will find a cult following on DVD and TV and those who didn't see it would wonder how they missed out.
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11:12PM on 04/24/2013

I'm sorry.....

This article couldn't be more off-target. The movie was disjointed, attempting to tell too many stories at once and succeeding at none of them. Kitsch was positively awful....probably the worst big movie performance since Hayden Christensen murdered Anakin Skywalker. After seeing Kitsch in this and Battleship (which was possibly even a worse performance) I can only pray that those box office bombs are enough to keep him from ever getting another starring role in a film.

Seriously, I'm a
This article couldn't be more off-target. The movie was disjointed, attempting to tell too many stories at once and succeeding at none of them. Kitsch was positively awful....probably the worst big movie performance since Hayden Christensen murdered Anakin Skywalker. After seeing Kitsch in this and Battleship (which was possibly even a worse performance) I can only pray that those box office bombs are enough to keep him from ever getting another starring role in a film.

Seriously, I'm a fan of bad movies, but this thing was the kind of bad you simply don't enjoy. Just a trainwreck from end to end. Nothing good about it.
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10:42PM on 04/24/2013

Yes!

I haven't read any of the books, but knew of their influence on the sci-fi/fantasy films I loved. But when I saw the trailer, I didn't want to see it at all. It looked like it was going to be really cliche. But I finally saw it, and I really really enjoyed it. Some things even surprised me. And on another note, I thought Battleship looked terrible (though I always though it was odd that Berg directed it because everything he's done has always had something to offer), but ending up seeing it
I haven't read any of the books, but knew of their influence on the sci-fi/fantasy films I loved. But when I saw the trailer, I didn't want to see it at all. It looked like it was going to be really cliche. But I finally saw it, and I really really enjoyed it. Some things even surprised me. And on another note, I thought Battleship looked terrible (though I always though it was odd that Berg directed it because everything he's done has always had something to offer), but ending up seeing it on video too. And for a summer blockbuster, it was completely kick--ass. I have no idea how movies like Armageddon and Transformers make so much money, but this didn't. For a big-budget silly summer action movie based on a board game starring Rihanna, this movie was really fun. I haven't seen savages yet, but I felt really bad Taylor. He did perfectly fine in both films. I really don't understand how they bombed (especially battleship)
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10:45PM on 04/24/2013
That scene where he was fighting all those bad guys and was cut with him burying his family was absolute brilliant. I've never seen anything like that
That scene where he was fighting all those bad guys and was cut with him burying his family was absolute brilliant. I've never seen anything like that
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8:59PM on 04/24/2013
Such a shame this didn't do better. Like Dredd, it sadly got overlooked last year, but most people who saw it liked it. I'd gladly pay to see a sequel for this or Dredd over half the sequels studios are currently making.
Such a shame this didn't do better. Like Dredd, it sadly got overlooked last year, but most people who saw it liked it. I'd gladly pay to see a sequel for this or Dredd over half the sequels studios are currently making.
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10:43PM on 04/24/2013
Yeah I would love to see what happens next in this story and almost bought the book to find out, but didn't know if the movie was all the first book or a couple of books or a lot different from the books
Yeah I would love to see what happens next in this story and almost bought the book to find out, but didn't know if the movie was all the first book or a couple of books or a lot different from the books
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8:50PM on 04/24/2013
I agree as well. John Carter was an awesome movie.
I agree as well. John Carter was an awesome movie.
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7:32PM on 04/24/2013

Agree

John Carter, great popcorn movie. Shame on Disney marketing Dept for the awful promotion, I only watched it once it came out on Blu-ray but do recommend it to those who haven't seen it.
John Carter, great popcorn movie. Shame on Disney marketing Dept for the awful promotion, I only watched it once it came out on Blu-ray but do recommend it to those who haven't seen it.
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5:14PM on 04/24/2013

This isn't an unpopular opinion

This is just a great movie, hands down.
This is just a great movie, hands down.
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4:39PM on 04/24/2013

Agree, but let's defend it better

I love that John Carter is being defended. I thought it to be a terrific film. However, the points made here are very shallow and this is a terribly written article.
I love that John Carter is being defended. I thought it to be a terrific film. However, the points made here are very shallow and this is a terribly written article.
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3:47PM on 04/24/2013

Bealz

Yes!
Yes!
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3:26PM on 04/24/2013

I couldnt agree more...

Im 33 and my wife and I loved the movie... and I quite often watch it from start to finish when it plays on cable. I couldnt for the life of me figure out why it didnt become a hit just by word of mouth...
Im 33 and my wife and I loved the movie... and I quite often watch it from start to finish when it plays on cable. I couldnt for the life of me figure out why it didnt become a hit just by word of mouth...
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1:06PM on 04/24/2013

Alex just no

The way you compare this movie to other movies is wrong. If it was a strong movie, it would stand on it's own.
The way you compare this movie to other movies is wrong. If it was a strong movie, it would stand on it's own.
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12:56PM on 04/24/2013
I really enjoyed John Carter of Mars and I think i will watch it again.
I really enjoyed John Carter of Mars and I think i will watch it again.
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12:35PM on 04/24/2013
this is one of the films I wish I had seen in the theaters
this is one of the films I wish I had seen in the theaters
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11:57AM on 04/24/2013
Worlds worst marketing to an entirely fun movie.
Worlds worst marketing to an entirely fun movie.
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11:32AM on 04/24/2013

I enjoyed JOHN CARTER, but

I saw two major problems with it:
- The marketing. I chatted with some of the film's producers and they were quietly unhappy with how Disney Marketing had publicized JOHN CARTER. It mentioned nothing about the novel's importance or that it was based on a classic novel. Hell, I didn't even see "from the director of FINDING NEMO" on any posters! Whoever directed the publicity should have gotten a slap upside the head, IMO.
- Taylor Kitsch. He simply wasn't right for the role. He didn't
I saw two major problems with it:
- The marketing. I chatted with some of the film's producers and they were quietly unhappy with how Disney Marketing had publicized JOHN CARTER. It mentioned nothing about the novel's importance or that it was based on a classic novel. Hell, I didn't even see "from the director of FINDING NEMO" on any posters! Whoever directed the publicity should have gotten a slap upside the head, IMO.
- Taylor Kitsch. He simply wasn't right for the role. He didn't have the chops to stand up to heavyweights like Mark Strong, James Purefoy (who blew him out of the water in the single scene they had together) or Ciaran Hinds. He basically came off like a SoCal surfer transplanted to the Civil War era; he couldn't even be bothered to have a Virginia accent.
Otherwise, a great column. I thought this movie should have done better at the box office.
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10:55AM on 04/24/2013

Easily one of the better movies to come out last year

The entire family loved it when we saw it in the theater, and the kids have watched it at least a dozen times on Blu-Ray. This movie is so underappreciated and had the marketing not been so bad for it, would have been a big hit.
The entire family loved it when we saw it in the theater, and the kids have watched it at least a dozen times on Blu-Ray. This movie is so underappreciated and had the marketing not been so bad for it, would have been a big hit.
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10:51AM on 04/24/2013

Easily one of the better movies to come out last year

The entire family loved it when we saw it in the theater, and the kids have watched it at least a dozen times on Blu-Ray. This movie is so underappreciated and had the marketing not been so bad for it, would have been a big hit.
The entire family loved it when we saw it in the theater, and the kids have watched it at least a dozen times on Blu-Ray. This movie is so underappreciated and had the marketing not been so bad for it, would have been a big hit.
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10:21AM on 04/24/2013
I actually enjoyed the film. it wasnt the best and the acting was silly at times, but it was a cool little ride.
I actually enjoyed the film. it wasnt the best and the acting was silly at times, but it was a cool little ride.
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10:20AM on 04/24/2013
Really liked the film. Brought me back to all the family- friendly action/adventure stuff I watched w my Dad as a kid. Baffled by the level of hate its received.
Really liked the film. Brought me back to all the family- friendly action/adventure stuff I watched w my Dad as a kid. Baffled by the level of hate its received.
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10:15AM on 04/24/2013
Really liked the film. Brought me back to all the family- friendly action/adventure stuff I watched w my Dad as a kid. Baffled by the level of hate its received.
Really liked the film. Brought me back to all the family- friendly action/adventure stuff I watched w my Dad as a kid. Baffled by the level of hate its received.
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8:35AM on 04/24/2013
I enjoyed the movie but didn't love it. Just because the books came out before Star Wars doesn't make this movie better than the original trilogy. Maybe Avatar. (yeah that's right. Avatar sucks)
I got what I expected out of this movie. It was fun, i t was enjoyable and that's good enough for me.
Marketing blew though. John Carter of Mars would have been better to stick with.
I enjoyed the movie but didn't love it. Just because the books came out before Star Wars doesn't make this movie better than the original trilogy. Maybe Avatar. (yeah that's right. Avatar sucks)
I got what I expected out of this movie. It was fun, i t was enjoyable and that's good enough for me.
Marketing blew though. John Carter of Mars would have been better to stick with.
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8:15AM on 04/24/2013
I think people who gave it a chance at the cinema (and appreciated that the original story had informed a lot of the sci-fi we've come to know and love over the years) would for the most part really enjoy this film. I found it thoroughly entertaining and well made. It's tough to adapt a story after a generation of filmmakers have borrowed ideas from it, and with hindsight wasn't perhaps Disney's smartest move, but the film they made was genuinely cool. The movie's biggest flaw was being
I think people who gave it a chance at the cinema (and appreciated that the original story had informed a lot of the sci-fi we've come to know and love over the years) would for the most part really enjoy this film. I found it thoroughly entertaining and well made. It's tough to adapt a story after a generation of filmmakers have borrowed ideas from it, and with hindsight wasn't perhaps Disney's smartest move, but the film they made was genuinely cool. The movie's biggest flaw was being released 50 years too late.
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8:06AM on 04/24/2013
I thoroughly enjoyed it. Sure it's not a classic by any means but I liked the characters, the worlds and the story. It didn't deserve to fail in the box office like it did but I blame that on the marketing as did Disney.
I thoroughly enjoyed it. Sure it's not a classic by any means but I liked the characters, the worlds and the story. It didn't deserve to fail in the box office like it did but I blame that on the marketing as did Disney.
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6:50AM on 04/24/2013

I liked it.

Not necessarily a classic, but fun to be had. I got to the end wishing for that sequel. Ahh well.
Put it in the same bucket as Speed Racer, or even Waterworld, as movies that are alot more fun than their reputations.
Not necessarily a classic, but fun to be had. I got to the end wishing for that sequel. Ahh well.
Put it in the same bucket as Speed Racer, or even Waterworld, as movies that are alot more fun than their reputations.
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6:27AM on 04/24/2013
The movie was well shot, the cast and FX were great as far as I remember, however I felt asleep after the first hour and couldnt convince myself to watch it again, because of the odd, horribly slow pace at times.
The movie was well shot, the cast and FX were great as far as I remember, however I felt asleep after the first hour and couldnt convince myself to watch it again, because of the odd, horribly slow pace at times.
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6:14AM on 04/24/2013
Comparing it to Star Wars and Avatar doesn't make the movie better. What Star Wars and Avatar both did right was a simple and comprehensible story. Good vs Evil. John Carter was about... I don't know. It was about four armed aliens and normal people and bad normal people and (demi)gods who wanted to destroy Mars or something and in the middle was John Carter.
The big plan of the bad guy -who is barely in the movie- was to wed the princess of the opposing tribe/clan/town and then kill her in
Comparing it to Star Wars and Avatar doesn't make the movie better. What Star Wars and Avatar both did right was a simple and comprehensible story. Good vs Evil. John Carter was about... I don't know. It was about four armed aliens and normal people and bad normal people and (demi)gods who wanted to destroy Mars or something and in the middle was John Carter.
The big plan of the bad guy -who is barely in the movie- was to wed the princess of the opposing tribe/clan/town and then kill her in front of everyone. Wait what? Why? What's there to gain? Just because you're married now it's OK to murder someone? Is that how the law in Mars works?
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11:19PM on 04/25/2013
Hey your not being a good sheep! Thumbs down.





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Hey your not being a good sheep! Thumbs down.





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5:20AM on 04/24/2013

LOVED THE MOVIE

I agree with almost all your points. Very good movie, very bad marketing.

Said that, scoot, of course it was a huge flop. I dot know why people compare budget with boxoffice as if there are not other expenses or the exhibitors (theaters) work for free. JOHN CARTER: 250M budget + 100M marketing spend = 350M real cost. Having in mind the exhibitors get around 50% of the gross boxoffice you can do the math: You need at least 700M to breakeven. Of course Disney compensated the looses with home
I agree with almost all your points. Very good movie, very bad marketing.

Said that, scoot, of course it was a huge flop. I dot know why people compare budget with boxoffice as if there are not other expenses or the exhibitors (theaters) work for free. JOHN CARTER: 250M budget + 100M marketing spend = 350M real cost. Having in mind the exhibitors get around 50% of the gross boxoffice you can do the math: You need at least 700M to breakeven. Of course Disney compensated the looses with home video sales (DVD and BD) and TV rights but anyway they declared around 150M lost because this movie so is not an opinion, is a fact.
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6:34AM on 04/24/2013
I Loved it too. Its a really good adventure movie that had a great potential to be an epic saga. Too bad USA didnt support.

The movie did more than $200m in the foreign market, so it clearly was a hit on the rest on the world. Damm USA
I Loved it too. Its a really good adventure movie that had a great potential to be an epic saga. Too bad USA didnt support.

The movie did more than $200m in the foreign market, so it clearly was a hit on the rest on the world. Damm USA
10:55AM on 04/24/2013
Actually the theaters get )% the first week - then it slowly trickles up as the weeks go by. The theaters make their money on concessions and if a movie is a hit for multiple weeks - ala Titanic. If memory serves it is 0% first week then 10% second and so forth. When Jurassic Park 2 came out, the studio demanded 110% of the box office take for the first week, and they got it.
Actually the theaters get )% the first week - then it slowly trickles up as the weeks go by. The theaters make their money on concessions and if a movie is a hit for multiple weeks - ala Titanic. If memory serves it is 0% first week then 10% second and so forth. When Jurassic Park 2 came out, the studio demanded 110% of the box office take for the first week, and they got it.
11:03AM on 04/24/2013
Usually a budget (should) have marketing included, the theaters don't really count? I don't even know why they're being brought up
Usually a budget (should) have marketing included, the theaters don't really count? I don't even know why they're being brought up
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3:52AM on 04/24/2013

It wasn't a box office flop...

It was 32 million over budget - that's not a great success but it's not a flop at all.
It was 32 million over budget - that's not a great success but it's not a flop at all.
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3:38AM on 04/24/2013

Didn't like it.....

I didn't like John Carter I LOVED IT!!! So much more so than Avatar!! Really Avatar didn't hold a candle to this movie. Much better action, the story itself moved me unlike Avatar that didn't move me at all.
I didn't like John Carter I LOVED IT!!! So much more so than Avatar!! Really Avatar didn't hold a candle to this movie. Much better action, the story itself moved me unlike Avatar that didn't move me at all.
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3:34AM on 04/24/2013

Didn't like it.....

I didn't like John Carter I LOVED IT!!! So much more so than Avatar!! Really Avatar didn't hold a candle to this movie. Much better action, the story itself moved me unlike Avatar that didn't move me at all.
I didn't like John Carter I LOVED IT!!! So much more so than Avatar!! Really Avatar didn't hold a candle to this movie. Much better action, the story itself moved me unlike Avatar that didn't move me at all.
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2:26AM on 04/24/2013
I think one of the unfortunate things with this film is that it was kinda late to its own party. Edgar Rice Burroughs had written A Princess of Mars just under a hundred years ago, but in the time since, it inspired everything from Star Wars to Avatar and so when this film adaptation came around, it ended up looking unoriginal in its own right. It's not a bad film at all, but I just found it a little boring and familiar. I guess I feel similarly about Cowboys and Aliens, in that John Carter
I think one of the unfortunate things with this film is that it was kinda late to its own party. Edgar Rice Burroughs had written A Princess of Mars just under a hundred years ago, but in the time since, it inspired everything from Star Wars to Avatar and so when this film adaptation came around, it ended up looking unoriginal in its own right. It's not a bad film at all, but I just found it a little boring and familiar. I guess I feel similarly about Cowboys and Aliens, in that John Carter wasn't as fun as it could have been.
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1:48AM on 04/24/2013
I know this may be hard to believe given that I'm commenting on a talk back board on a movie website, but I don't like to hate on things just because I can. That having been said, Taylor Kitsch is about as entertaining for me as a stomach pump. Didn't like this movie and I'm grateful I'll never have to see him as Gambit again either, for that matter.
I know this may be hard to believe given that I'm commenting on a talk back board on a movie website, but I don't like to hate on things just because I can. That having been said, Taylor Kitsch is about as entertaining for me as a stomach pump. Didn't like this movie and I'm grateful I'll never have to see him as Gambit again either, for that matter.
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1:10AM on 04/24/2013
John Carter is actually a great adventure movie. The marketing when it hit the theatre was bad, mainly to no "Of Mars" in the title and that's misleading. Taylor Kitsch is a good leading man though.
John Carter is actually a great adventure movie. The marketing when it hit the theatre was bad, mainly to no "Of Mars" in the title and that's misleading. Taylor Kitsch is a good leading man though.
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12:46AM on 04/24/2013

I saw it for Andrew Stanton

Everyone i know who saw this movie really liked it, the problem was not a lot of people saw it.

I dont know if this is an unpopular opinion, its more of a under-appreciated film. Anyway, still a good article
Everyone i know who saw this movie really liked it, the problem was not a lot of people saw it.

I dont know if this is an unpopular opinion, its more of a under-appreciated film. Anyway, still a good article
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12:44AM on 04/24/2013
Couldn't agree more. I am actually still pretty certain that if they didn't gaffe the marketing so bad, as well as managing the whole big budget story better, this would have been successful at the box office. It really is a fun and quality movie.
Couldn't agree more. I am actually still pretty certain that if they didn't gaffe the marketing so bad, as well as managing the whole big budget story better, this would have been successful at the box office. It really is a fun and quality movie.
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12:37AM on 04/24/2013
I totally agree. This was an underrated piece that suffered from poor marketing, but if given a chance it will capture your imagination and take you on a cool as hell ride. Plus, I know Taylor Kitsch may not make the Hollywood leading man first draft pics, but he's not that bad. I'm willing to forgive BATTLESHIP if you guys are.
I totally agree. This was an underrated piece that suffered from poor marketing, but if given a chance it will capture your imagination and take you on a cool as hell ride. Plus, I know Taylor Kitsch may not make the Hollywood leading man first draft pics, but he's not that bad. I'm willing to forgive BATTLESHIP if you guys are.
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12:31AM on 04/24/2013

FINALLY!!

Finally someone feels the same way I do about John Carter, I forced my friends to go see it. I felt like a little kid watching Star Wars for the first time when I saw that film, I love it.
Finally someone feels the same way I do about John Carter, I forced my friends to go see it. I felt like a little kid watching Star Wars for the first time when I saw that film, I love it.
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3:38AM on 04/24/2013
Exactly what I was thinking!!
Exactly what I was thinking!!
12:28AM on 04/24/2013

FINALLY!!

Finally someone feels the same way I do about John Carter, I forced my friends to go see it. I felt like a little kid watching Star Wars for the first time when I saw that film, I love it.
Finally someone feels the same way I do about John Carter, I forced my friends to go see it. I felt like a little kid watching Star Wars for the first time when I saw that film, I love it.
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12:27AM on 04/24/2013

I Agree

I didn't see the film in theaters and I blame the poor marketing for that. Well, and the fact that the film just didn't appeal to me. But, when it debuted on Starz, I checked it out and liked it. John Carter was a good, fun adventure film. It will hopefully find a cult following over time because it deserves a place in the sun.
I didn't see the film in theaters and I blame the poor marketing for that. Well, and the fact that the film just didn't appeal to me. But, when it debuted on Starz, I checked it out and liked it. John Carter was a good, fun adventure film. It will hopefully find a cult following over time because it deserves a place in the sun.
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