Originally Posted by Humey
Watched the movie last night on BluRay. I was disappointed. Not because the movie was bad but because they made too many changes to the story line and to me the story was almost unrecognizable. They left so much out which i understand since its only a two hour movie, but the changes to John Carter and Dejah Thoris made them different characters than what I read in the book. While the priests exist in the original story, their role in the movie has been invented by the screen writer. I may be mistaken while John Carter was able to jump very high, they exaggerated what he could do. I know that a movie is usually never as good a s book and while I would say that the final Harry Potter book was better than the movie, the movie was close enough to give me the same thrill as the book. This John Carter movie is a pale comparison to the book.
It's been 45 years since I read a Princess of Mars. From my recollection, it was a short book, featured a similar introduction to the Tharks where he was introduced to Dejah Thoris, had some fights, rescued the DJ, made friends with Tars Tarkkas, then got involved with the City battles between Helium and the other warlords's. As the story developed it was pretty much JC chasing down someone, killing them, just missing the prize, then chasing them again. Not great literature. DJ was a Perils of Pauline goal after the first book. JC was a stoic, indomitable character, but a 2D characterature. ERB wrote these for a nickle a word in pulps until he started getting novels published.
My point is that if Stanton tried to follow the books more closely, there wasn't alot more there. He mined the best parts and made changes to the characters that (should have) worked better for modern audiences. I thought the changes made to the Therns and JCs entrance and exit/return to Barsoom were a total upgrade over death/mastering astral projection. The Threrns/Matai Shang became much more powerful and mysterious...a worthy opponent that would get richer if the films carried on.
Anyway, I don't understand your disappointment. It wasn't butchered and the source material is dated and needed a touch up. I would have been all over a couple of sequels.