Post Green Day.
So after work yesterday I connected with friends in a cool hipster type bar which seemed blessedly devoid of St Paddy’s day revelers ( I can say this being part Irish ) but they did have green beer. Several green beers later we wobbled into the movie theatre beside our bar. This was my second viewing of John Carter and their first.
I think I may have enjoyed it’s even more than my first viewing. I was even more emotionally invested ( almost embarrassingly so ) than the first time. I still gaped wide mouthed in a complete ‘holy tharkman it’s Barsoom ‘ kind of way, but I also responded very strongly to both the film maker’s love of Barsoom the so very ERB details filling every nook and cranny of this fine movie. If some think ‘this ain’t ERB’ they need to see it again and really absorb what a wonder of ERBocity this is.
The other half of my over the top emotional response was to – the emotional content of the story itself. John and Dejah’s arc worked wonderfully for me, as did moments like Carter trying to reach out to Sola when the Tharks are beating her, John’s personal battle between what he wanted and what he had lost and many others that I can’t even remember now. I’m even more in love with this crazy movie of mars than I was the first time out. My friends were very enthusiastic as well, which made it great evening for all of us. I can’t wait to see it yet again. And again and again…..
A final note – we had to wait in line to get in, and the theatre was full. The lobby featured the International poster, which combined with the packed theatre made me feel more part of that international audience despite my knowing that Canadian box office is part of the US box office. They also had a D-Box ( shaky seat ) display pushing John Carter and the giant screen displays were showing John Carter non-stop. We were sitting right behind those so our explosions were epic too. – Jeff