It looks as if Disney simply borrowed and recycled the sets of Prince of Persia and Gladiator, adding leftover props from The Phantom Menace and Cowboys and Aliens.
Response to excerpt: How is that relevant to the film itself?
Mar 8 - 02:27 PM
Maybe read the review and find out. Here's a hint: he's saying the movie is derivative.
Mar 8 - 05:54 PM
Wouldn't it be derivative of itself since other films in it's genre have borrowed from it's own original source material?
Mar 10 - 11:54 AM
I guess Peter didn't know that most of those films borrowed heavily from John Carter.
Mar 8 - 03:12 PM
The book series, yes, but John Carter the movie has come out in 2012 and looks too much like those movies he's mentioned, and at least a few others.
A movie does need to be able to stand on its own.
Mar 8 - 05:53 PM
Considering that Star Wars and Avatar and many others borrowed designs that were carefully described in the books, it was inevitable that some of the visuals would be similar. The point should still be that John Carter got there first, and criticisms that it is derivative, either in story or in visuals, are examples of putting the cart before the horse.
Mar 9 - 10:48 AM
Who knows? Maybe Jerry Bruckheimer was the film's real director. I have a feeling that Lone Ranger is going to be Disney's "Water World." Over-budget with relatively low-hype. Maybe John Carter should have been made way back even before Star Wars as an animated film on par with Fantasia or something.
Mar 8 - 07:17 PM