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I'm not sure what to make of it. I grew up on John Carter and Tarzan and while the little girl in me immediately got all excited, the trailer doesn't look anything like the pictures in my head .
Still, it's John Carter, ffs. I can probably live with a little extra Hollywood gloss.
Seriously, has anyone in the real world ever said "our world" instead of just "the world"? Personal dialog pet peeve of mine. I hope the whole movie isn't as portentously serious as the few lines of dialog in the trailer. I'm not trying to be a party pooper, but I just see such awful potential for this to be another Clash of the Titans.
Also, taking "of Mars" out of the title was a terrible, terrible idea.
However, the art direction looks great, and I loved the music playing in the trailer. Here's to hoping it's good!
As someone who never had any contact with the JC universe, all I can say is
Meets Prince of Persia.
Oh, and an alien Princess speaking in "posh" accent...priceless. And so original.
I remember seeing an animated version of John Carter of Mars that Bob Clampett did back in 1939 that I posted in the Motion Graphics and animation forum. Don't know if you guys are interested in that demo, but thought it was worth mentioning.
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it looks interesting but not quite right ...
It's so cool to see some of master Mccaig's work coming to life!
It looks pretty cool... But I don't recognize a lot from the books. (Though I've only read a few.) What's up with the blue lightning stuff?
I worked on this film back in 2008 when Iain McCaig was running the early concept art phase at Pixar. We'll see how it looks. ~M
Yeah, John McTiernan had a script in the early nineties, thats how long Iain has been working on these Mars projects.
I don't have high hopes from the trailer since they are ignoring the biggest thing in the books which is the planet itself, moss covered plains, white mountains with gold veins, the canals, the ancient cities. Barsoom shouldn't look like Utah, ever. There are trees and forests and vegetation near the canals. The white apes aren't Rancors from Star Wars. And the biggest reason it will probably suck is they should have cast Aishwarya Rai as Dejah Thoris, not someone who looks like my third grade school teacher.
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I never read the originals. Modern Mars science has caught up with Edgar Rice Burroughs, I guess: The real Mars is in some ways more fascinating than Barsoom.
Not having read any of the books, and having only a vague idea of what they are about, I suppose I should be able to enjoy the film more, because I won't constantly compare it to the original stories and be disappointed. But looking at the trailer it seems to me like the same sort of crap that "Avatar" was: visually spectacular, but otherwise contentless and retelling the same old story that Hollywood has been telling us for decades now, namely that natives simply cannot help themselves without assistance from some nice westerner.
And in 3D too! I think I'll give at least that version a miss. I saw the last Harry Potter film in 3D, at the insistence of my friends. It must be one of the more silly movie gimmicks: nothing quite in focus, everything darker than it should be, headache by the end of the film both from the horrid visual effects and the weight of the 3D glasses on my nose.
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Given the people who're working on the film, you'd think it'd actually be pretty good. But I agree that the trailers mostly look like a hollywood special effects party. Woola looks way too cute though...
I rather enjoyed the first few books. But after a while they just seemed to start repeating themselves, and I got a bit tired of every chapter ending with, "I was certain I was going to die. But at least I was going to go down like a true warrior!"