Despite some strong praise and a hopeful fanbase, Disney just couldn't figure out how to properly market John Carter (of Mars) to get theaters seats filled. Being up against Universal and Illumination Entertainment's family film The Lorax didn't help matters any as the film kicked Carter's ass two weekends in a row. Now the chances of a sequel to a film that crafted a promising world and delivered some truly thrilling action and exciting adventure are slim as Disney has revealed they're likely losing about $200 million because of the film's poor performance.
Not only is this sad news for those of us that really enjoyed the epic space adventure, but it's even worse for those who didn't give the film a chance. They truly don't know what they're missing. While some have criticized the film for having elements of Star Wars, Avatar and plenty other sci-fi films, the fact is the story on which the film is based on inspired those stories. The film taking cues from the films that took notes from Edgar Rice Burroughs' sci-fi classic is just going full circle. And it's not as if there weren't plenty of original characters and creatures in the film to keep audiences interested.
Lynn Collins' is easily as much of a poster girl for teenage boys as Carrie Fisher became decades ago, especially after that metal bikini is Return of the Jedi. The alien races are interesting and there's a slew of civilizations that make for a rich universe. Carter himself is a selfless hero, the kind that you love to see develop and come into their own, especially over multiple films.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
When stupid, idiotic movies like Twilight are pumped out to the masses, it's a sad shame movies like John Carter don't get enough credit. I'm sad to report we won't be going back to Barsoom anytime soon. I wanted to express my feelings regarding this news, but our friends over at Firstshowing say it perfectly. I'm just glad I'm not the only one who feels this way.
In closing, John Carter is simply a product of poor marketing. I know it wasn't as innovative and cool as the special effects in Avatar, but I could seriously see this film going places. I bet it will reach cult status 20 years down the road, bringing on a late and overdue sequel, just like they did with Tron. I was just hoping for one sooner. It truly is a fun exhilarating sci-fi adventure worth seeing.