Originally Posted by Morpheo
I had never read the book, didn't know anything about the story and was never really interested in the movie in the first place...until I saw it. It was destroyed by critics and people never showed up in theaters, thanks in part to an awful marketing campaign. But it was a well above average adventure. That's a blind buy I'll never regret. I've read here and there that the movie found a new life since it came out on dvd/blu - give it a try when you have chance you might like it.
Oh I have seen it.
I may be the only demographic that cared about it before hand, having read it as a kid.
It's not a bad movie. And I don't think it was unfaithful to the book. I liked a lot about it, some of the characters, production values, kick butt princess...
I wanted to like it, but it was off somehow for me. Tone, Taylor, direction, something?
That said, I remember the marketing/tv spots and I don't know that it misrepresented the movie THAT much, or was it just lack of marketing? I do remember ads for it and, at the time, it just seemed cartoonish and the romance angle seemed old or played? But that pretty much WAS the movie.
I suppose my main point is I feel they squandered a lot of money and good talent(Stanton/production) on a product that did not have a clear purpose and was doomed. Money that could have gone to making a great movie, or five great ones, with a better beginning idea or vision for the piece. As good as Stanton is, for some reason he did not get the best out of the JC property, or maybe he did?
But, at the end of the day, it is up to US to enjoy the movie.