questionshas anyone else seen john carter yet?

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I haven't seen it, but your question makes me think of the last movie I saw, about 2 weeks ago. I went to see the Descendants, which was supposedly very good. But I really thought it was a shame I'd used movie passes for it! Ick. For me, it had about as much appeal as seeing a skunk in my shed. So, I guess it's to each his own, eh?

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We went and saw it opening weekend, and liked it so well that we are going to see it again this weekend. I haven't read any reviews because I have heard it is not getting good ones, and it will just annoy me. My friend said he read one where the reviewer was complaining that it was a knockoff of Star Wars and other movies and the reviewer was clearly clueless that this was the source material that Lucas and others have been mining for ideas for decades. Shall we never enact Romeo and Juliet again because it's the same old story of star-crossed lovers we've seen a hundred times? I wouldn't care, except that I want there to be more, and if this one does not succeed then this will be the end of it.

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I know a guy, who knows a guy, who owns a theatre and went and saw it for free on Sunday. I most likely would not have watched it until it was out on DVD otherwise. I enjoyed it, but I had a different idea of what it would be before I saw it. While it does share some elements with Star Wars, I don't see any way in which it could be considered a knock off.

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I was about to see it but then I saw it was made by Disney. So, we saw Ghost Rider instead. I don't know about John Carter but it could not have been worse than Ghost Rider (but I wasn't expecting much).

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They've already started talking about doing a sequel and I will be very disappointed if they decide not to do it if the first movie doesn't do well. Apparently the original plan was to make it part of a trilogy, which would be awesome!

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i saw it. it was fun. not a great movie, not a horrible one. just fun. if you go in expecting anything more, you'll be disappointed.

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That's funny, on the related deals to the right it has the John Carter collection for .99 for kindle. Don't have a kindle or I'd get it, it's been the better part of a lifetime since I read the books.

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I agree with @carl669 -- it was a "fun" movie, but nothing else.
Went to see to see it with an old friend and reminisce about the fact that we used to go see movies like that every weekend back in the day...

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Saw it opening day as a family and we all came away with smiles. The kid (12yoboy) loved it. I read reviews but for the most part I go on my own instinct, reviews sometimes are misleading and focus on all the wrong things.
I'd agree with the mentioned comment that it was fun, nothing good/bad, but fun!

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I haven't seen it, yet. But it is on my list of things to do.

NOTE - All of the Barsoom (Mars series) books from Edgar Rice Burroughs (along with his Tarzan series) are offered as free Kindle versions at Amazon (individual books, not the collection).

@moondrake: you don't need a Kindle to get a Kindle book. Amazon has a program you can install called Kindle for PC, if you don't mind reading it on your computer.

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There was very little appealing about the film and people didn't know enough about what it was from the marketing other than a long-haired guy fights monsters on Mars. Sure, it was a fantastic concept back when Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote it, but now people are looking for much more entertainment and spectacle, not 100-year old ideas. (Yes, there may be exceptions like the recent Sherlock Holmes movies but apparently they're stayed far from the original characterizations.)

Plus John Cater just looked very "blah." Everything is on a dusty planet with grey CGI monsters and I rarely saw any of the talking aliens in the ads, so I don't even know if they're interesting or not.

We don't know from the ads why his even being on Mars is unusual. Maybe had they played up the angle of "Civil War Soldier Transported to Mars" a bit more and let us know that he's basically been kidnapped and there's a strange man/strange land concept going on? How does he adapt and cope?

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Saw it liked it. Excited to read the books now because I never have

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@theoneill555 @moondrake: If you have a smartphone, you could also get a Kindle app. That way you could read when you're out and bored, like in the doctor's office waiting for your appointment (or something like that) instead of taking time out while you're at home.

@djbowman: Completely agree, and I'm going to buy the 1-5 book collection after I finish with the Hunger Games series (have to read it before the movie comes out!). :)

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@elforman: I prefer previews not to tell me the entire story before I see the movie. I have seen plenty of previews that showed too much. leaving me to wonder why I should see the film as I'd just watched the "Reader's Digest" condensed version of the movie.

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If you haven't ready the series, I highly recommend it. Since the copyright has expired, these books are available on Project Gutenberg. They're available in several different formats.

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/search.html/?format=html&default_prefix=all&sort_order=downloads&query=edgar+rice+burroughs

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@mlutz3: I got my first LG500 smartphone on Valentine's Day, but it isn't really very "smart". It's not an android, it supposedly can take on apps but I have no idea how to do it. I suspect, like with their grossly overpriced ringtones, I am limited to the apps available in the Tracphone store. It's the price I pay for paying only $100 a year for my cell phone. The kindle for PC idea may work for me, though. Or the books might be in some online library I can read in text format.

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@moondrake: I agree with you, but there's giving away too much and not giving enough away at all. There wasn't enough in the previews to give me a rea lidea what it was about, and what I saw visually was drab and ho-hum. The previews and commercials could still give us a sense of who John Carter is and why we should care about him.

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@elforman: That's not what the commercials are for, the movie's job is to tell the story. The commercial's only purpose is to get people intrigued enough so that they come to see the movie. Don't tell me you didn't like the movie because the commercial didn't tell you enough...

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@mlutz3: I was referring back to the original question posed, which was why did the movie flop, relatively speaking. And my opinion is that the marketing did not make it seem interesting or do enough to grab my attention and make me interested enough to want to see it.

Isn't that the purpose of commercials and previews, to pique your interest? If a movie is good enough they can still give away a bunch of the story and still have you interested. For example, I knew from the marketing going into Avatar that the main guy essentially goes native, but I still wanted to see it because it had an interesting setting and premise. With John Carter all anyone could glean from the marketing was long haired guy fights monsters on Mars, and what they did show was not enough to get a lot of people interested.

I haven't seen it, and for all I know I might love it. But I do know that Disney did nothing to make me want to see it.