Saturday, March 17, 2012
As I write this, I just finished watching John Carter. It was a fantastic movie, but then I'm prejudiced. I first read a Princess of Mars 41 years ago and it became a part of me. Edgar Rice Burroughs influenced my writing of course, but he and his character John Carter influenced my outlook on life too. This really is a story for the ages, one that has been copied again and again.
I thought the movie did a good job of bringing the book to life. There were some changes in the story and a few elements were brought in from book two of the series, but for the most part, they were understandable changes, keeping today's movie-goer in mind. The actors were all believable in their roles, the special effects were top-notch, and the story-telling pace was good.
I would recommend this movie to anyone, but you really should read the books. They are great.
Incidentally, I went with my wife, daughter, and son-- the first movie the whole family has been together for, for more than a year. We saw it in 3-D. Despite it all costing an arm and a leg for us to have an evening together, it was very nice.