Friday, February 17, 2012

JOHN CARTER



Recommend: Yes

     This poor movie.  The producers of this one have managed to take an old Edgar Rice Burroughs story from the early part of LAST CENTURY and make it look like a rip-off of Avatar, Star Wars, Dances With Wolves, Braveheart...and probably a dozen other things.  Well, at least they can come up with a snappy title to offset the---wha?  Oh, they're going with John Carter?  I see.  Well, still., this looks like a cool idea that should have been made a long time ago but just wasn't.  I'll give Disney some love for giving it a try.  
     Here's a little nugget.  The lead character, John Carter, from the series of Burroughs' stories, was a Confederate soldier during the Civil War and I'm wondering if that is going to be dropped.  Can't have a hillbilly who thinks the brothas still need to be shackled up and picking cotton for free, so I imagine they will shit-can that bit of backstory.  And I doubt they will have sack enough to have the guy be some racist who ends up on another PLANET, the one we refer to as Mars but its inhabitants call Barsoom, and learn to see the error of his racist ways as he befriends some clearly non-white aliens.
     So...go check it out and let me know.  I'll be at home with my baby daughters streaming Lilyhammer or something.