Finally got to see John Carter last night. I LOVE it. Screw the “critics”, it’s an excellent entertaining movie that you can enjoy and not worry about. A modern viewer may not see it as original but it was the first of its kind and everyone has borrowed from it. And face it, no story is original anymore. It depends on execution, not if you came up with a new variant on “man vs man, man vs nature, man vs himself”. And this execution is just about flawless. It is what it is, a great pulp story that has characters you care about, and goreous things to see. Give me this over saccharin tedium like the “The Help” or “Steel Magnolias” anytime.
As for age appropriateness, I’d put it at about 8 years old. I would have had no problems with it earlier but I was reading crazy early and already knew that people died in stories. Except for John Carter’s, all the blood is blue.
When courting me, my husband lured me with books (and gaming, but that’s another story). He lent me a lot of them, mostly sword and sorcery or pulp (oh and Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas, happily I had already found Hunter S. Thompson or I probably would have thought he was nuts). I loved most of them but it took me another 10 years to finally get into Edgar Rice Burrough’s John Carter books. I had read the first Tarzan book when I was probably 12 or so, and enjoyed it but John Carter was a lot tougher to like for some reason. Read it here if you’d like.
But I do like it and the movie does indeed do the series justice. The movie is more of a combination of “A Princess of Mars” and “Gods of Mars”, but it hits the right marks. We have the requisite “planetary romance” plot points of “hero, monster and lovely woman end up at the same place and time on a planet”. Disney has released the first ten mintues of the movie . This does a lovely job of establishing who John Carter is: stubborn, honorable, a damn good fighter, and a man desperately tired of war.
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