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#1 of 34 OFFLINE   Matt Hough

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Posted May 27 2012 - 02:12 PM

The most infamously unsuccessful movie at the box-office thus far in 2012 (though Battleship and Dark Shadows may give it some competition), Andrew Stanton’s John Carter mixes elements of science fiction, fantasy, and western lore into a moderately entertaining but strangely old-fashioned adventure tale. The storytelling is a bit muddled in places, and the film overall lacks enchantment despite tons of special effects and a dazzling array of talented actors doing their all to make the rather prosaic narrative achieve a spark of delight. Alas, despite everyone’s best efforts, the film works only fitfully despite the noblest of intentions from all concerned.


 


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#2 of 34 OFFLINE   Adam Gregorich

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Posted May 27 2012 - 04:01 PM

Thanks Matt.  I felt the same, despite wanting to really like it.

#3 of 34 OFFLINE   Mark Oates

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Posted May 27 2012 - 04:05 PM

Didn't see this at the pictures, but I still have high hopes of enjoying it in spite of the reviews and WOM.
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#4 of 34 OFFLINE   Dave Vaughn

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Posted May 27 2012 - 04:14 PM

Did this film have the WORST marketing effort ever? Even my 13-year-old son said that the trailer looked stupid, which is never a good thing.
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#5 of 34 OFFLINE   Tino

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Posted May 27 2012 - 05:24 PM

Really enjoyed this film. Much better than you have heard imo. Can't wait to pick it up.
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Posted May 27 2012 - 06:46 PM

Much better than you have heard imo.
Sadly, I've heard relatively little about the quality of this movie. I read lots about meaningless crap like its budget, gross and marketing though.

#7 of 34 OFFLINE   Craig Beam

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Posted May 27 2012 - 07:13 PM

I'm in the middle of reading Burroughs' Mars books, so I'm really looking forward to seeing this.

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Posted May 28 2012 - 08:00 AM

I read A Princess of Mars years ago, and found it pretty enjoyable. I'll probably check this out when it is on sale (but not likely the 3D version).

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Posted May 28 2012 - 09:09 AM

Did this film have the WORST marketing effort ever? Even my 13-year-old son said that the trailer looked stupid, which is never a good thing.
Well, I wouldn't say worst EVER (RKO and Disney's "Fantasia" would have to be up there somewhere...), but given the amount of money thrown at every conceivable anti-intuitive mistake, it's considered as having a healthy shot at the All-Time Ten. When you have fans actually going on YouTube and making Phantom Edit cuts of "The Trailer They SHOULD Have Released" (which, in fact, looked pretty spiffy, put the scenes in refreshing chronological order, and actually told us what the darn thing was about), even the fans felt the studio suits tragically came between the movie and the public. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BxeHQY1NuM Rich Ross was not fired in vain. Good question, though--What were the Worst Movie Marketing Efforts Ever, up to this point?

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Posted May 28 2012 - 09:20 AM

I've generally heard more good than bad about the movie as it is, at least as a fantasy/adventure entertainment. Certainly more positive about the movie after all the press on what a bomb it was suppose to be within a week of its release. Look forward to seeing it eventually.

#11 of 34 OFFLINE   Bryan Tuck

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Posted May 28 2012 - 12:00 PM

Thanks for the review, Matt. I enjoyed the movie (saw it in 2D), but I have a soft spot for retro sci-fi, and I do think that was the biggest fault of the marketing: trying to hide the fact that it was "retro." Why not reveal the fact that he's a Civil War veteran who goes to Mars? That already sounds more interesting. There are some flaws, to be sure, and it probably could have used some more judicious editing, but I don't think it deserves the reputation as a gigantic mess that it seems to have acquired. I certainly thought it was better than half of the "blockbusters" that came out last summer (Cowboys & Aliens and Green Lantern spring to mind).
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Posted May 28 2012 - 12:05 PM

The only reason I never saw it in the theater is the nearest one it was playing in was Disney's, El Capitan in Hollywood, which is the worst theater I've ever been to. I did order it from Amazon and will have it tomorrow. I saw enough reviews from people who enjoyed it, so I figured why not (after all, I hated 2012 when I first saw it on TV, but after a few times, it "grew on me") If the 3D isn't all it could be, I can always watch it in 2D, but somehow, I think I'll enjoy the 3D. The few scenes I saw in the trailer, reminded me enough of the book, that I'll have a good time.

#13 of 34 OFFLINE   Aaron Silverman

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Posted May 29 2012 - 10:03 AM

I'm not sure what's strange about a 100-year-old story being "old-fashioned." :) At any rate, my 6-year-old and I both enjoyed this movie very much. (IMO the PG-13 rating is very mild. The action is violent but not at all gory, and there's no sex or swearing. For those who've read the books, the sex and violence have been toned way down.) As for the marketing campaign, "worst since Fantasia" probably covers it, because I can't think of any competition in that department. How Disney (of all companies) managed to release a family-friendly movie with so much toy potential and do ZERO product tie-ins is beyond me. Unless for some strange reason they wanted it to fail. (Hm, are any former Fox TV execs working at Disney these days?)
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Posted May 29 2012 - 10:26 PM

(Hm, are any former Fox TV execs working at Disney these days?)
Probably the same ones who cancelled FUTURAMA or maybe the ones who cancelled FIREFLY or maybe the ones who cancelled HARSH REALM. Take your pick. ;)
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Posted May 30 2012 - 07:35 AM

I'm not sure what's strange about a 100-year-old story being "old-fashioned." :)
Why couldn't they have used that as a marketing campaign? "Before there were Star Wars. Before there was an Avatar. Before there was a Star Trek. Forbidden Planet. Flash Gordon. A Hero Appeared On Mars..."
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#16 of 34 OFFLINE   Chuck Anstey

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Posted May 30 2012 - 08:21 AM

Why couldn't they have used that as a marketing campaign? "Before there were Star Wars. Before there was an Avatar. Before there was a Star Trek. Forbidden Planet. Flash Gordon. A Hero Appeared On Mars..."
Exactly. I am reasonably well read in science fiction and I hadn't heard of John Carter. I thought he probably a graphic novel character. If they had referenced his origins I would have been interested in the movie.

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Posted May 30 2012 - 09:30 AM

I'd first encountered ERB's Planetary Romances back in the 1970s when At The Earth's Core with Peter Cushing, Doug McClure and Caroline Munro came out. Before that, I'd only known that ERB wrote Tarzan and his Incorporation which handled his rights were a right royal pain in the neck when it came to adaptations of his works. (A few years later, they forced John Derek to use the title Tarzan The Ape Man for his movie rather than the original Me, Jane) I only read a handful of the books at the time - A Princess of Mars, Carson of Venus and of course At The Earth's Core. They were fascinating reading, if dated, but could any red-blooded thirteen-year old ignore Burrough's description of Dejah Thoris?
She was as destitute of clothes as the green Martians who accompanied her; indeed, save for her highly wrought ornaments she was entirely naked, nor could any apparel have enhanced the beauty of her perfect and symmetrical figure.
EDIT: I've just noticed on the advanced art for the UK edition - all versions - the tag line Star Wars For A New Generation Gimme ******* strength!!!
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#18 of 34 OFFLINE   Russell G

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Posted May 30 2012 - 12:03 PM

I loved it. I've enjoyed the first three "Mars" books as well and thought it a decent adaptation. Looking forward to the Blu-ray, my dad should get a kick out of it. Shame there wont be any more, and sad it was written off even before the first trailer. Maybe it will become a "Classic" after a few years.

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Posted May 30 2012 - 12:20 PM

EDIT: I've just noticed on the advanced art for the UK edition - all versions - the tag line Star Wars For A New Generation Gimme ******* strength!!!
I'm pretty sure that was a critic blurb. Unless the critic wasn't identified, in which case a desperate Disney wanted us to THINK it was.

#20 of 34 OFFLINE   Mark Oates

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Posted May 30 2012 - 02:58 PM


I'm pretty sure that was a critic blurb. Unless the critic wasn't identified, in which case a desperate Disney wanted us to THINK it was.

Fairly certain it was. I'm not 100% sure of the pedigree, but UK discs tend to quote either Jonathan Ross or his brother Paul (critics both). However, a quick Google of the phrase throws up this article at Den of Geek.
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