There’s an interesting vibe surrounding Disney’s ‘John Carter’ right now. From the sci-fi geek side of things, I’m constantly running into people who are interested in it. From film fans down to the general public, there’s mostly a collective shrug going on. The marketing Disney has done up to this point–including clipping ‘Of Mars’ from the title–has made the movie a big question mark in the minds of most people. What they see is a young, unknown lead and copious amounts of special effects and I don’t think many are differentiating between this and something like the Star Wars prequels.
I’ve not seen John Carter yet–I do soon–but based on the source material and what I’ve seen from Andrew Stanton and his work on this so far, I’ve got hope that it will be a worthy take on Edgar Rice Burrough’s epic source material. The new promo stuff, like these new trailers and featurette, and the gorgeous poster below suggest it just might. And there’s the four minute clip, that has me sold. Look at the white apes and the way they interact with Taylor Kitsch and the way the camera moves around the scene. This has a texture and weight that’s more reminiscent of Ray Harryhausen movies than anything Lucas related.
Stanton, who created one of the best science fiction films of the last four of five years with Wall-E, seems to have a great grasp of the live action medium, especially when augmenting it with visual effects.
Will it work? Will it be the John Carter I used to read as a kid? The jury is still out on that, but I’m dying to find out.
What do you think?