- Jul 28, 2009
- Reaction score
This is a film that, upon seeing the previews, I immediately dismissed as the worst sort of Hollywood movie. Out of curiosity I read some of the reviews (mostly mixed) that are out there and was surprised to find that the film was worked on by a very competent crew. Director Mark Stanton (Finding Nemo and WALL-E), Michael Chabon (winner of of a Pulitzer Prize for Cavalier & Clay) helped with the script, and it has a crazy good cast of supporting actors like Willem Dafoe, Brian Cranston, Cirian Hinds, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Thomas Haden Church and Dominic West. Upon reading this, I immediately decided this is something I wanted to see as a historically/sociologically-minded cinemaphile . Then I saw this, the first 10 minutes of the film: [VIDEO][/VIDEO] In that first 10 minutes, I think Mark Stanton may have beat Steven Spielberg's most recent 2 attempts at recapturing an Indiana Jones-like tone with John Carter's humor, histrionics, and sense of adventure. Now, I'm not expecting this film to be incredible cinema, but I am interested in it as an oddity. I must admit, I am even a little psyched to watch something that's such a bizarre studio product. Apparently the source material was written around the 1920's, is considered a precursor to all space opera, and has been ripped off in every way imaginable. Anyhoo, if you guys happen to want to see it or end up watching it for whatever reason, drop a line. I'm interested to read what people think about this.