Jeff watches John Carter – 2
Ah Dejah…. unfortunately in this first viewing of Dejah I have no idea how wonderful she is going to be. I find her line about ‘rubbish’ overly theatrical and painful. That is followed by ‘I present to you the answer’ with yet another flinch. After this she is perfect. Totally.
The throneroom scene is where we should’ve first been introduced to the politics of Barsoom, and I in think an earlier cut it probably was.After the politics it gets personal between Dejah and her father ( the Jeddak ) and this is where the performances rock. As I’d mentioned in my intro, this is an area that this film breaks ground for fantasy films. This is drama a passion that is rarely seen in this context.
These days it will show up in an HBO historical series or Game of Thrones, but so far, not a big screen fantasy movie. I’m amazed that there hasn’t been more talk about it. This is an actual heated argument between too people who love each other and are bound by their duties. As Dejah talks about stories she was told when she was little, we know that it’s setting up the backbone of the movie/series, her relationship with John Carter, and it’s no less heartbreaking knowing that. Generally I pass out during most of ERB’s written throne room scene because they make me think of Flash Gordon serials, curtains for sets and everything, but this I loved.
This is the first time we really see the Therns shape shifting and revealing the base of their nefarious plan.
The coming scene is key , fresh off Dejah’s emotional conundrum, cutting to the view from inside there’s a Zodanga ship zooming into helium ( it’s so cool how they use the giant wheel for navigating, whoever thought that up was brilliant ) the music is swelling, John Carter and the babies and finally arrive at the Thark city – decisive moments are occurring.
I remember seeing shots of these empty sets of the Thark city the summer before the movie opened, it was great to finally see them inhabited
Galloping baby Tharks it doesn’t get any better than that!
Here’s Sarkoja saying that Sola can take the “little white worm” which is a beginning of John Carter not being viewed as a human. Considering that there are humans on Barsoom I never this worked. Appearance wise he’s just not that different than the humans they already know.
Now Carter sees the marks on Sola and asked what happened to her, and I didn’t get it. We’ve already seen human characters with tattoos. These like that or natural patterns of some kind. They made me think of octopus sucker marks, but I didn’t take them for branding at all, so that was lost on me.
I like that phrases like the right of challenge and pledge their metal to mine have made it into the movie.
Tars shows off his pet, again he’s a baby white ape. They referred to him has an animal. I think I’m better with a white a reference that has an animal if anything.
“Sak !” We use that word around the house now.
Watching the babies and the shaving John. Sola can’t get his boots off and gives up, which is great. I’m not sure I caught it the first time, or if I did it didn’t stick. Sometimes things are going by a little too fast. I think I can confirm that from later viewings. I’m jumping ahead of myself here, but the battle in Helium suffers from that. I followed what was going on, but I only cut some things on later viewings. That said, my first was smothered in an emotional blanket of ‘ Oh my god I’m watching John Carter’, so I’m not a reliable witness on the issue.
I had no idea in the trailer why a Thark was hitting John in the face with powder now I know it’s baby powder.
I think they handled the voice of Barsoom thing really well and it’s beginning the connection between John and Sola.
Okay this is six chapters and I’m done for today – Jeff