I’m on record here and elsewhere as defending Andrew Stanton’s John Carter and nothing about that has changed. I think by and large he dealt admirably with the material. But I’m also on record as not being in complete agreement with all of his choices. One of the things that perplexed me from the first trailer was the apparent willingness to accept earthly Utah images and simply allow them to “play the role” of Mars with little enhancement or manipulation. I know that Stanton was going for a more realistic look, and I’m okay with that. But these images of the Mars Rover on the actual real deal Mars illustrates a lot of what I felt about the approach to depicting Barsoom. The first image is an artist’s conception; subsequent images are actual photographs. In all of the images, the sand (and hills) have a more reddish hue than in the movie — plus the sky is never brilliant blue and cloudless. It always seems to have a reddish hue, and frequently there are clouds. I just feel like some very simple fixes in post production could have greatly improved the “atmosphere” of day exterior Barsoom — without sacrificing the “realistic” look. It would be more realistic, in fact, to do these things.