Now THIS is a goddamn trailer.
Remember what I said last time about the Conan trailer, that all I wanted was to watch a trailer and think "I know this"? Well, I got it in spades here.
I saw Barsoom. I saw John Carter. I saw Dejah Thoris. I saw the flying ships of Barsoom. I saw red and green Martians. I saw a legion of Barsoomian Thoat cavalry. I think I saw Tars Tarkas.
Yes, I do miss "of Mars." True, I think that weird glowy-bluey-liney-thingy was daft. Indeed, I'm not a fan of the music, or the fact that Dejah Thoris wasn't quite the shade of red I thought she would be. But goddamn, I saw Barsoom. That was Barsoom, up there on the big screen. That was a Green Martian holding up a gun. That was a fleet of Barsoomian airships.
I don't doubt that there will be things I don't like about the film: there are things I don't like about the trailer. But that's to be expected from a big-budget Hollywood blockbuster. So far... this is easily recognizable as John Carter. And more importantly, to me, it's easily recognizable as Edgar Rice Burrough's John Carter.
And that's pretty freaking awesome.
Now cue all the silly people claiming this adaptation of a 99-year-old literary creation is an Avatar/He-Man/Prince of Persia/Star Wars ripoff...