John Carter March 18, 2012Posted by johnhemry in Uncategorized.
I finally got the chance to watch the new John Carter movie today, and I liked it a lot. They did a good job of converting the ERB books into a movie (John Carter covers the first and parts of the second ERB books about Barsoom). The changes made served the story well, IMO. Dejah Thoris was made into a very believable princess for the 21st century. (I figure before long someone will bring out t-shirts with her picture on them and the caption “Yes, as a matter of fact I am a scientist.”) Most importantly, the movie caught the breakneck pace of a ERB story but did so while also giving the hero more than one dimension. The movie’s John Carter knows that other options exist than being a hero, and he has been deeply scarred by war, but still he can’t resist doing the right thing when someone needs help. That makes his heroism all the greater in the battle with the Warhoons. Go see this movie. It’s good.