Plot, history, action, and eye candy. WHY didn’t this movie set the box office on fire? Maybe marketing gaffes; nobody knows who John Carter is, but a title of “John Carter of Mars” might just have made the difference.
In any case, this movie was one of the biggest money losers of all time. So much so that the studio head at Disney pictures, Rich Ross, lost his job over the movie. What a shame. If you haven’t seen this one, rent it NOW!
Post by equopotential on Mar 3, 2013 13:38:40 GMT -5
I saw this on opening weekend and couldn't believe it was panned so harshly. All the critics at the time, prefaced this story was the basis for what would become Sci fi and universally they all were panning it for not being original. From that I could only assume they wanted a reinvention instead of an adaptation.
For me, it was good escapist fun, though the elements were familiar it was still well executed. 4/5 Stars
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You're welcome. This is one of those (very, very few) movies that I actually bought a copy of to watch again sometime in the future. Every friend that has seen this movie on my recommendation was wowed. This epic compares to the biggies from Hollywood's glory days, IMHO.
Of course, the critics violently disagree with me, and the general public never even knew who or what "John Carter" was. Nevertheless...
Watched it a few months back (3D version) and while it wasn't Oscar-winning acting, it certainly was a fun movie to kill a couple of hours with.
We watched it with friends over to show off the 3D tv and the surround sound and everybody enjoyed it. Likely not a lot of rewatch value for me personally - at least not right now; maybe when the kids get older.
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Post by mickeyharlow on Apr 24, 2013 10:34:32 GMT -5
I look at what critics say but on this one they were entirely wrong. Critics try to be intellectual about a movie when a movie is just fun. Take for example the movie "It's A Wonderful Life". The critics panned it and it bombed in the movie theaters, yet today it is considered a classic. So if you are interested in a movie, go see it for yourself and make your own decision, just like those above who saw John Carter.
I saw John Carter at the Disney premier at Disney World before it opened. I enjoyed it thoroughly and thought it would be hit. I can't believe it wasn't. It is a movie that I recommend and tell them that it is fluff and just enjoy the ride. Most have enjoyed it thoroughly.
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I think that it really was a marketing bomb, rather than a movie bomb.
They failed to differentiate it from Avatar and other sifi. How many people actually knew that this was written way before most other sifi out there? Not most of the public. As such many people just looked at it as an Avatar knockoff or the like.
I watched it and thought that it was solidly in the "good" movie category. Not great, but imminently watchable and enjoyable.
Well one issue that I didnt think anyone touched on is critics knew how much it cost so they felt like it should have been over the top. I liked it but it seemed a lil to PG at times. Some real R rated action would have been great.
John Carter - 4 of 5 stars - Plot, history, action, and eye candy. WHY didn’t this movie set the box office on fire? Maybe marketing gaffes; nobody knows who John Carter is, but a title of “John Carter of Mars” might just have made the difference. In any case, this movie was one of the biggest money losers of all time. So much so that the studio head at Disney pictures, Rich Ross, lost his job over the movie. What a shame. If you haven’t seen this one, rent it NOW!
Hindsight is wonderful thing, the predictions of the huge loss were based on the movie's poor US box office of $75M. But that didn't translate to the world wide box office where it made $285M. From what I can tell DVD and BD sales are now over $30M. Total $390M from a movie that reportedly cost $250M to make and had $100M spent on marketing. Doesn't seem so bad now does it?
It's a far too common a mistake made by Hollywood, where there is group think that a movie needs to be a success in the USA. The fact is the rest of the world is far larger than the USA and, with China and India's growth, it's getting larger. Scary as it sounds to some, China's economy will outstrip the USA's some time next year. India's economy will do the same some 5 years later. Hollywood had better wake up and stop listening to the US critics, their relevance becomes less and less each day.
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Rotten Tomatoes review site movie critics gave it a 51% out of 100% and the viewers gave it 60%. IMDb movie site gave it a 6.6 out of 10 and both Ebert and Roeper gave it thumbs down. Now I know I too can disagree with the critics but most of the time I find Rotten Tomatoes combined "Tomatometer" (critic) ratings of 75% and over fairly reliable for my effort to be worthwhile to drive down to the local Redbox (1.5 blocks away) and renting it for $1.50 (Blu-Ray).