From Forbes: It may look like cheesy space-and-sorcery – a high-tech reimagining of Star Wars replete with the latest CGI – but John Carter has plenty to be excited about.
I have no idea if it’s going to be a great film, but I’m definitely looking forward to its release this coming March.
Here’s a few reasons why I think you should ignore the critics and go see Disney’s big-budget science fiction flick on March 9th.
1. John Carter was written and directed by Andrew Stanton.
Stanton is a Pixar veteran. He directed A Bugs Life, Finding Nemo, and Wall-E. He worked on the screenplay for most of Pixar’s animated films, including the in-production prequel to Monsters Inc. (Monster’s University.)
If you’re like me, Pixar can do almost no wrong. SoCars wasn’t exactly their best (I haven’t seen the sequel) but by and large, when Pixar takes a swing at bat they knock it out of the park. I’m glad to see more Pixar players branching out into non-animated, more adult fare.
2. John Carter is the brainchild of Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Burroughs was the pulp-science-fiction genius behind the Mars books that spawned John Carter (of Mars) and the classic Tarzan novels like Tarzan of the Apes.It’s neat to see old adventure stories come to life on film, even if they end up straying a long ways from the original. Certainly Tarzan has seen his fair share of film and comic adaptations.
John Carter is getting his moment in the sun now, after being long over-shadowed by his jungle-dwelling counterpart. Sure, in 2009 we got a direct-to-DVD adaptation in Princess of Mars, but the big-budget John Carter from Disney should be much better.