On Sunday I was at Ryan’s house, and somehow we ended up on the Sci-Fi Channel only to find that The Princess of Mars, a movie based on the novel of the same name by Edgar Rice Burroughs, was playing. If this name rings a bell its because this is the same author who invented the character John Carter and incorporated him in many of his works of fiction, including this one. Being the enthusiastic movie critics that both Ryan and myself are, we had a lot of fun watching this bazar specimen of a movie. Everything from the acting to the special effects were completely out of this world, and not in a good way. Although I don’t actually know much about the story of John Carter, from what I gathered he is a guy that somehow ended up on Mars only to find weird, Tusken Raider-like sand monster people that enjoy drinking sweat and eating caterpillar poop. If you were to see this movie with no prior knowledge of its history, you might assume that is was made some time in the 80’s, thus accounting for its lack in special effects and overall production quality. But low and behold it was released in 2009 as a direct-to-dvd release. I am sure that most of you have heard that a new release of the original John Carter story has been released through Disney.
So what do you guys think about Disney’s attempts to recreate a story as strange and bazar as John Carter? Are you going to see the movie? Have you already seen it? Let me know in a comment!