Entertaining Peery: John Carter. Stanton (2012)
March 11, 2012 § Leave a comment
I find the Disney/Pixar adaptation of Burroughs’ Barsoom series interesting for several reasons that I probably only I would find interesting. In a mixed stream of random thought: this excellent Sci-Fi romp stems from the great era of Pulp, which influenced everything that comes after. Burroughs, in particular, was pretty successful at marketing his work(one of the few,) hold on to that fact for a moment.
Some critics and other ill-informed observers think the film’s tropes are “tired,” “derivative”or the film is a George Lucas CGI clone, hilarious since Burroughs published in 1912. Which brings me back to one of the facets/connections I find interesting: Lucas, like Burroughs, found fortune in clever marketing. In the modern era Lucas and ILM is, for good or ill, a titan of F/X and CGI. Disney/Pixar have with John Carter proved they can produce a seamless mixture of live and CG characters and set piece action as good, if not better in some ways, than Lucas’ offerings.
Is this film cinematic genius? No, but it is at least on equal footing with any other decent film in this genre. People may find this heresy, but I think I liked this film better than Avatar.
As a fan of Sci-Fi media overall, I praise the bravery of adaptation of classic works. Big budget treatment of Burroughs’ Barsoom series is very welcome to me and I am glad that a sequel based on The Gods of Mars is already in the works. Now if a big budget adaptation of Lovecraft’s Randolph Carter and his adventures gets made that may just cause the universe to implode.
3.75 out 5 stars : They needed some dialog massaging, but the movie is just too pretty to miss.
By Josh Peery.