As I pointed out in my last Bar-LOG, just because you have the “House of Mouse” behind you, you are not guaranteed success. Apparently, the film “John Carter” had a fairly disappointing weekend at the box office. Look, I did my part. Admittedly though, we went to see a matinee show, which took a couple dollars from their final take. I will give the studio credit for this, they at least admitted to dropping the ball on the advertising of the film. What I find sad is that this film was extremely entertaining and “original”. Though it has been used as source material for years, because the story is one of the first of its kind, the screen writers still found a way to keep it fresh. They certainly took artistic license in some regions, but I think it added to the charm of the narrative. I found the film to have a lot of heart. I would think that that has a great deal to with the director Andrew Stanton as well. His body of work includes the Disney/Pixar animated films “Finding Nemo” and “Wall-E”. Transitioning from animation to live action didn’t seem tough for the guy at all. Also, there was plenty CG in the movie. He may have not realized that he was working in live action that often. The actors did a nice job as well, considering that a lot of the supporting cast was of the animated variety. It came together far better than some of the other Sci-Fi actioners that are heavily CG based- ala Episode I, II, & III. Sorry George!
Look, if you want a good, entertaining story that has inspired generations of Sci-Fi writers and film makers, than this is the movie for you. Don’t expect to see something completely “new to you”, cause it aint gonna happen. I hope that the ticket sales pick up in the coming weeks, as people get the “word of mouth” pitch from guys like me. I would really like to see the follow up to this one. This is just a guess at the title; “John Carter of Mars”. You’ll see what I mean when you go to the show. Enjoy!