I don't go to a movie simply because of a review, or a set of reviews, and yesterday seemed to be the day of "John Carter Sucks" news. Here's one such post from the Chicago Suntimes, which tells the world that John Carter may be Disney's biggest flop of all time.
I'm sorry, the movie hasn't even been out two weeks. TWO WEEKS! Are you kidding me?
Okay, Mark, why aren't you seeing it? I haven't seen many movies lately in the theaters, more or less due to economic reasons and also because I'm caring for my wife, who's still recovering from Acute Myeloid Leukemia. I have to really pick and choose the movies I go see.
Prior to all this, there was a lot of talk about Disney mispromoting the movie--okay, it's based on an old Edgar Rice Burroughs series "John Carter of Mars". I never knew this when I saw the movie trailer. I thought the trailer was cool--granted, it's nothing more than a selling tool for any movie--and it was clearly a science fiction/fantasy type movie, which is right up my alley.
I'm not sure if I agree that Disney mispromoted it. They should've just promoted it as the next biggest sci-fi movie, and in the credits just mentioned that it was based on a series by Burroughs. That's it. Leave it at that. Fans of the movie would've undoubtedly searched out the books on Amazon.
For crying out loud, give a movie more than two weeks to prove itself. I know many movies that were considered flops at the box office but got the bulk of their revenue from the DVD sales. That may happen here, because after yesterday's series of bad reviews, not many theaters will probably carry it after that.