Though I've only started this blog a few days ago, I want to honor the request Disney has made to other media for a "full-review embargo" of John Carter. Instead, here are a few initial thoughts:
- I hope they'll reconsider the embargo, because early word has been that John Carter is a failure, and this is completely wrong; John Carter is a fantastic, memorable movie, and the more people who can start spreading that word, the better
- John Carter tells a crackerjack story that has genuine depth and surprising emotion, though for the completely uninitiated (like me), it can be a bit confusing at times
- I'm fascinated to think what John Carter might have been like if Star Wars hadn't existed -- sometimes it leans a little too heavily on the visual style of those movies
- Even at more than two hours, I wished it were a little longer and more slowly paced in some segments
- Andrew Stanton directed Wall-E and Finding Nemo, but this is a better film than either of them
- Not being much of a TV watcher, I didn't know who Taylor Kitsch was, but he does a terrific job in this movie (though his name is still kind of funny), as does his leading lady, Lynn Collins, also previously unknown to me; they're both tremendously engaging and have great on-screen chemistry
- Having known nothing at all about the Edgar Rice Burroughs novels, I was not aware that the story is set during the Civil War, and I loved the way the story on Mars has parallels
- There is so very, very much more to this story than two giant monsters chasing John Carter like the posters show; that would be a little like advertising The Wizard of Oz by focusing on the Winged Monkeys carrying Dorothy -- John Carter is rich, multi-faceted, fascinating and fulfilling.
That's all I'll say for now, except to reiterate: John Carter is far from a failure. I was unprepared to like it as much as I did. I'm eager to see it again.