I hate to kick a man when he’s down but after watching John Carter on DVD I can see why this sci-fi action franchise wannabe crashed and burned at the North American box office.
The pic is based on an early work from Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs. ( In the novel, the Martians call their home planet Barsoom.)
Taylor Kitsch in the title role is adequate (although Ryan Reynolds needn’t lose sleep at night)
and Lynn Collins as Martian princess Dejah Thoris is foxy enough to make me want to save her city (even if breathing the air of Helium did make me sound like Donald Duck.)
Basically, though, the flick looks like a vintage movie serial … if the makers of these pulpy thrillers had access to a $250 mil budget and acres of green screen technology.
That may interest a few aging sci-fi geeks but it was obviously not enough to lure droves of young moviegoers into the theatre.
However, a random comment in a DVD Blu-Ray bonus feature (“360 Degrees of John Carter) may shed light on the real culprit.
Don’t blame it on director and co-writer Andrew Stanton or the Hollywood execs who greenlighted this turkey.
Blame it on the caterers.
“When you’re on set for this long your highlight of the day is when lunch comes around, ” explains one movie extra. ” To make or break a film, what the catering put out is pretty much paramount to whether you have a good day or a bad day.”