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11 June 2012 @ 04:03 pm
Finally Saw "John Carter"  
Did Not Like.

I try very hard to understand that the requirements of a visual medium force a certain amount of mucking about with the story. I also try very hard to understand that the characterizations that are so clear to an audience reading from a 1910's perspective are considered to be inaccessible to a modern audience.

In this case, too much of the story was mucked about with (I mean, really, exactly what purpose did going to the Valley Dor and then back to the plotline of John Carter vs. Tal Hajus serve? What was more compelling about this plotline than the original plotline where Tal Hajus starts as an oppressive Jeddak of Thark and is supplanted by Tars Tarkas with help from John Carter?)

But what really got under my skin was how they messed with the characters. John Carter isn't a great swordsman who happens to be able to jump great distances in the movie - he isn't even as good with a sword as Dejah Thoris (who is not a warrior, she is head of the science academy). He isn't the archetypal noble gentleman who loves an idealization but can't take the step of expressing his feelings - he's a widower pining for his family until Dejah Thoris pretty much throws herself at him. Ultimately, what difference is he really making to the world of Barsoom, particularly given the complete loss of the atmosphere plant plotline in favor of powerful and evil Matai Shang (and don't get me started about the whole "Therns as the Barsoomian Illuminati" stuff) exiling him to earth.

I don't think I'll be watching this one again.
Current Mood: disappointeddisappointed
Is It Safe To Gnaw Through The Straps Now?ericcoleman on June 11th, 2012 08:19 pm (UTC)
I didn't have a problem with the changes> I mean, after all, the original book is kind of a train wreck writing-wise.

I loved the feel of it. It has that sense of fun that good planetary romances should have. Something I do not remember having seen in any other movie of the genre.
Joshua Kronengoldmneme on June 12th, 2012 03:37 pm (UTC)
I think it's a movie that works a lot better if you're innocent of the original story. Still leaves the internal flaws -- particularly the monologuing Therns and the Noble Confederate Soldier myth, but still.
judifilksign: Signingjudifilksign on June 12th, 2012 04:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah. This guy wasn't "my" John Carter, the noble gentleman swordfighter on whom I had my first schoolgirl crush.

But the backgrounds were well done, and the Tharks were well done. The mechanism for getting Carter to Mars was well done. I liked how Dejah Thoris got to have her role of scientist, and more to her than a mere lady in distress.

Just wish the plot had been well done. It lost enough money to probably never be touched again. Sigh.