Variety says John Carter film is poory scripted and directed

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by KL700, Mar 6, 2012.

  1. JD

    JD Admiral Admiral

    Jul 22, 2004
    Arizona, USA
    Except she's not their leader. She's the Jedakk's (king) daughter. Her role in the story is political, but she isn't a politician.
  2. Allyn Gibson

    Allyn Gibson Vice Admiral Admiral

    Oct 16, 2000
    South Pennsyltucky
    What's even weirder is that the John Carter novelization, also published by Disney, reprints the full text of A Princess of Mars, but the Edgar Rice Burroughs framing sequence from Princess is attached to Stuart Moore's novelization, not to Princess. It's just strange.

    I got the Disney editions because they're a complete, unified set. But definitive they are not.
  3. Spookman Spiff

    Spookman Spiff Abuse of Power Administrator

    Jun 21, 2001
    I agree on both points.
  4. stj

    stj Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Dec 27, 2006
    the real world
    Although everyone has abjured the auteur theory, in practice almost everyone only talks about the director. In this case the director forgot to tell Michael Giacchino to do something besides stirring and triumphant. He also forgot to tell the writers to give the villains real motives. But he didn't forget to start the movie. Instead he gave it about four separate starts.

    The problem is not Taylor Kitsch, the problem is that the effort to give John Carter baggage so that he can redeem himself was pathetic. The story is not a man who's quite fighting for causes because they're frauds, finds a new cause to fight for (and a new love.) The story is, you get to go to another planet and be their Superman. It's a thin story, and it doesn't help to really care about the shenanigans on screen, particularly since the world on screen is so hard to believe. We've seen pictures of Mars and this isn't it. Also, it's hard to believe flying ships and swordsmen even when you see these together on thesame screen. Seeing isn't always believing.

    These antics are about as well crafted as you could hope for. Taylor Kitsch and especially Lynn Collins manage to sell this tripe about as well as human being possibly can. In the end, though, we have a movie which really is what the fake criticisms of Avatar claimed. A weak story, fantastic FX and a somewhat embarrassing Mighty Whitey fantasy. Well, except for Gary Westfahl over at Locus, who is unhappy about the politcal correctness ruining a good story.
  5. Admiral Buzzkill

    Admiral Buzzkill Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Mar 8, 2001
    The opening wasn't as bad, apparently, as Disney might have feared. Deadline's reporting that the movie probably made about one hundred million worldwide.
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2012
  6. JRoss

    JRoss Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Dec 19, 2010
    She's enough of a leader to command those ships into battle against the wishes of her father.
  7. Samurai8472

    Samurai8472 Vice Admiral Admiral

    Mar 27, 2007

    A bit of "Tron Legacy" mentioned in the "John Carter" article