Thursday, July 14, 2011

John Carter trailer

The first trailer for Disney's John Carter (of Mars) has been released. It looks better than I imagined it would. It's clear they're keeping the book in the setting that it was written and set in, not updating it for and to modern audiences- the book was written in 1913 and was set in that current time! Bravo for that choice! Although we only see Thark close up, I think it looked rather well done. John Carter and Dajah Thoris appear to be well casted, too. I am doubly excited about this film, now.
I love that the film appears to be told from the voice of Edgar Rice Burroughs, just as the book was written. Burroughs wrote it as if he were transcribing a letter he received from John Carter. This makes the actual historical person of Edgar Rice Burroughs a character in the story. It either breaks the fourth wall, or presents the fiction as biography. I am a sucker for this type of literature.
Another thing I absolutely loved about the trailer is the song the editor chose. My Body is a Cage by Arcade Fire but this sounds like it's performed by the almighty Peter Gabriel. An amazing and natural combination that fits this preview.
Given the age of this story, I will find critics claiming it ripped off Star Wars or Dune quite humorous as THEY ALL drew influence from Burrough's Carter stories.

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