Saturday Night Drive In: John Carter (Walt Disney 2012)
To kick off our drive in movie night we didn’t have to look far to find a movie that sums up what the science fiction and fantasy genre should be about. It was hard not show Conan: The Barbarian, however a prolific series by legendary Edgar Rice Burroughs we felt was the most all encompassing film of this genre. John Carter is a worthy attempt by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures to bring to life A Princess of Mars, the first book in the Barsoom series of books that entertained us back in the pulp era of science-fiction.
To make John Carter you need lots of MONEY. Only by throwing money at John Carter could you hope to even come close to the scope of the story. You have your super powered action hero (played by Taylor Kitsch), a beautiful space princess, countless aliens, lots of violence and explosions. And only Disney had the deep pockets to even attempt this manic feat of beautiful sci-fi imagery.
Even though the movie cost Disney over $600 million dollars combined, and it still bombed, it was actually quite a valiant effort. Disney could not master Burroughs’s masterpiece but they came close and for that we are thankful.
We hope that when Disney decides they have too much money and they want to blow some more they’ll consider the sequel, The Gods of Mars. That would be freaking epic. Until then, please enjoy John Carter who sits on the pantheon of epic science-fiction & fantasy characters next to Flash Gordon, Kull, and Conan.
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