Friday, March 09, 2012
The reviews I'd read of this movie, some of them by SF fans, had me a little concerned. I needn't have worried. I've never been happier in a theater than I was for the couple of hours of John Carter. I'm not going to look back over the reviews to see what others didn't like or quibbled about. I'm just going to say that the Barsoom I remembered from my reading the Burroughs novels was all right there on the screen in front of me. Tars Tarkus and the Tharks, Woola, Dejah Thoris, Kantos Kan, you name it. I wouldn't have minded if the movie had been a hour longer. If I'd seen it when I was a kid, I'd have just have stayed in my seat to see it again immediately. In fact, I felt for a while as if I were a kid again, and the old Sense of Wonder was tingling through me as it hadn't in a long time. Maybe I'm the only one who was affected this way, but whatever they spent on this movie was worth it as far as I'm concerned. A winner all the way.