The book that inspired such films as Flash Gordon and Star Wars finally gets its own screen adaptation as John Carter opens this weekend. As of yet, it is getting mixed reviews, leaning towards the unimpressive. Most are calling it confusing and unengaging (moviefone). In contrast, IGN points out minor problems but overall says it is “a wondrous, exciting and emotional entertainment that ends on exactly the right note.” From EW we’re graced with statements like “nothing in John Carter really works, since everything in the movie has been done so many times before, and so much better.”
In efforts to drum up some positive attention, they’ve released a 10min preview. In the preview we meet don’t go to Mars, but we do see Carter as a confederate soldier very determined to no longer be in the confederate army.
Release Date: March 9, 2012
Staring: Taylor Kitsch, Willem Dafoe