mordicai caeli (mordicai) wrote,
mordicai caeli

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So, I am super excited about John Carter, based on the trailer. I'm a huge fan of the Edgar Rice Burrough's books, which puts me in a tough place, since I've got preconceptions about what it "should" be, right? The thing is, I'm hugely amped from what I've seen, & I'm hugely contemptuous of most of the complaints from the peanut gallery. Really? Your complaint is that they aren't naked enough? Come on; that is really silly. Putting a top on Dejah Thoris takes the movie from at least an R rating down to a PG-13, & frankly accessibility is beats slavish devotion to the text, especially when that devotion would come at the expense of objectification. So score one for the Pixar-people-on-loan-to-Disney. As for the red tattoos, I get it. What were they going to do, slather the Martians in body paint? Colour adjust the footage? Cast all Native Americans? See how that starts going to a real troubling place? Now, maybe you can argue that an all Native American cast would have been cool, but I'm just saying, avoiding "red-face" acting is pretty reasonable. & what-- "Oh, the sand isn't red enough!" Seriously? "From the three second glimpse of Sola, I think the green Martians aren't what I imagined!" Are they green? Do they have tusks? Four arms? Check, check, check, shut up. Look at what is there! You've got Peter Gabriel covering Arcade Fire, singing "my body is a cage that keeps me from dancing with with the one I love." Uh, I'm practically sold right there; that pretty much sums it up. & we see that "Edgar Rice Burroughs" is a character in the movie, meaning that the meta-textual frame story is still intact, which is another crucial bit of goodness. The cinematography looks great, the special effects look good; what is there to complain about? I'll be content if it is as good as Tron: Legacy, but I think it will be better. Either way, they are making a movie based on John Carter of Mars. How crazy is that? I never thought that would actually happen, & yet here we are. It might not be the Frazetta version that people had in their heads-- but that is a good thing, as it gives the film room to make something of itself, on its own. I'm excited & as they say-- haters gonna hate.
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