‘John Carter’ Clips & Promo: Sci-Fi Adventure & Family-Friendly Humor

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 8:47 pm,

john carter movie clips taylor kitsch John Carter Clips & Promo: Sci Fi Adventure & Family Friendly Humor

Nobody knows how to create product awareness like Walt Disney Pictures, and the Mouse House is once again proving just that with its marketing campaign for the upcoming John Carter. Even people who had never before heard of words like “Thark,” “Calot,” or “Barsoom” – much less read the first of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ original John Carter novels “A Princess of Mars” – are now taking notice of Disney’s expensive adaptation of the iconic sci-fi series.

In case the previous featurettes, images, TV spots, or Superbowl Trailer weren’t sufficient for you to decide whether or not you want to actually see John Carter – we now have four new minute-long clips from the film, along with another promo that boasts additional not-yet-seen footage (to help you make up your mind).

John Carter stars Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights) as the film’s namesake, a Virginian and ex-Civil War vet who accidentally gets transported to Mars – or Barsoom, as the planet’s inhabitants call it – after taking refuge in a mysterious cave.

Carter thereafter discovers that the Red Planet is engulfed in its own internal conflict, as he makes allies in the forms of the green-skinned Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe), the “Red Princess” Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins), and the “Martian dog” Woola – while also crossing paths with foes such as the dark-eyed humanoid Matai Shang (Mark Strong).

See all those characters (and more) in action, by watching the latest footage unveiled from John Carter:

We’ve previously compared director Andrew Stanton’s $250 million John Carter adaptation to Disney’s similarly costly “gamble”, TRON: Legacy, another 3D effects-heavy cinematic installment in a sci-fi franchise with a strong cult following – albeit, one nowhere near as prolific or respected as Burrough’s source material. Similarly, John Carter seems to have an advantage over the TRON sequel, as the former appears far more epic in terms of sheer scale and the number of awe-inspiring action set pieces (the White Ape coliseum match, the Carter vs. Thark army battles, etc.). In other words: the film should deliver much more than a little bang for your buck.

That brings us to what doesn’t look so appealing about John Carter. Namely, Kitsch as the title character doesn’t really seem to exude charisma (he comes off as only somewhat more expressive than Garrett Hedlund in TRON: Legacy) while the storyline and character moments don’t look to leave all that strong an impression. The film’s “friendly” sense of humor is tolerable, though admittedly the jokes shown so far are geared more towards younger moviegoers (not a bad thing, per se).

That’s all to say: John Carter should offer a lot of cool eye candy, but it may not do justice by the beloved characters originally conceived by Burroughs. Whether or not the actual film will prove more substantial than that early consensus, we shall have to wait and see…

John Carter arrives in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D theaters around the U.S. on March 9th, 2012.

Source: Walt Disney Pictures, Yahoo! Movies

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  1. As promising as the spectacle looks
    I do indeed think the film’s success rides
    on the shoulders of Taylor Kitsch and looking
    at the clips and trailer one wonders if he carries it.

  2. Now… the clips spark my intrest a little bit.

    The Advertiseing should focus on the characters instead of the random action visuals and explosions. Were getting to a point in movies were that is not gonna cut it any more to make a interesting trailer

  3. I just don’t know if this is going to be good or not. Aside from all the significant visual deviations from the source material, turning it into a more kid/family friendly movie might match those making this movie (namely Disney) but it really doesn’t match the books themselves that I can recall.

    Seems a bit too lighthearted considering the source material which might also serve to put people off when they read the books for the first time. Nothing like parents taking their kids to go see this and then buying them the books thinking it will be the same but then have their kids talking about things like nudity, excessive violence, etc.

    • I assume most swashbuckling adventures were more adult and graphic when in book form and were usually tamed a little bit for general audiences in film. As long as the spirit of adventure is still there I wouldn’t worry. As long as they don’t really pander to children and ignore the adults. I mean I haven’t read the Tarzan books, but I’m sure they would have been a bit more graphic than the films. (Although that is speculation on my part)

      It does look like they have changed a fair bit from the books, but as long as it works as a movie I’ll be okay with it.

  4. Trailers and clips look great! Love the Woola one. Only hope I can find it playing in English while I’m in Bolivia.

  5. I think the way Taylor acts is how he was told to act. Knowing Virginians even of today, they have that stoic, crusty exterior. I think he’s just playing his character as how an old west Virginian would be played. I was excited at first, then I was hesitant, but now I’m a little more excited again. I like spectacle. I think it’ll be good.