Finally, finally, I got to see John Carter the movie. I read the book series in high school, and was looking forward to seeing the movie almost as much as Matt Williams was looking forward to seeing Prometheus. Almost. But unlike Matt, who loved Prometheus, I hated John Carter.
For the month it was in the theaters, I had a cold that refused to let go. After work, all I wanted to do was sleep. So I missed the movie. It didn’t go to the $2 theaters. I know; I kept an eye out for it.
I’d planned to see the movie first before I read the book so I wouldn’t to be disappointed by the movie’s version of the book. I ordered A Princess of Mars from the library and returned it twice. But when it came a third time, I kept it and read it.
As I was returning the book, the movie was at the library. It wasn’t like seeing it on the big screen, but I’d finally get to see it.
There was a lot of criticism of John Carter. My thought was some people needed a little perspective.
I thought part of the problem was Edgar Rice Burroughs writing style, which was to write in tell. He was one of the first science fiction writers and wrote the novel in 1912.
I’m not up on my novel history so someone else might be able to tell us for sure. But from the books I’ve read, the first novels were written in tell. It wasn’t until the later half of the 19th Century that show became popular.
One blogger, who had read the book, was disappointed in John Carter’s character development.
The book A Princess of Mars wasn’t about John Carter’s character development. The book was about creating a world on Mars of which Edgar Rice Burroughs was successful.
The film also got bad reviews. One critic said there was nothing new in the film it had all been done before.
My first thought was, “Of course there was nothing new. Edgar Rice Burroughs was the first to do it.” Well I was wrong.
John Carter was a lousy movie. I hated it so much I didn’t even finish watching it. It’s rare for me not to finish a movie. I’m glad I didn’t go to the theaters and have to endure sitting through the whole thing.
I have a girlfriend who did see it in the theaters and liked it. She said my problem was that I read the book first. I’m not sure. I can usually separate books and movies and accept them as two different creations. But here are times when the film is so bad that’s just not possible.
I’m not sure what book the screenplay writers read, but it wasn’t the same one I read. There were some pieces that suggested that the original book inspirited the movie, but that was all.
The writers tried to reinvent John Carter. Perhaps they thought to make him more science fiction. In my opinion, they failed.
The book was written one hundred years ago and is still in print, which means it’s still being read. If something has lasted that long, It’s got to be good. The screenplay writers should have stayed with the original story. They might have had a hit instead of a flop.