It’s probably too early to declare “John Carter,” formerly known as “John Carter of Mars,” as the best movie of 2012. Okay, it’s definitely too early. But I don’t think it’s premature to say that the “John Carter” trailer is the best trailer I’ve seen in 2011 thus far.
Walt Disney Studios have released the very first trailer for the Taylor Kitsch-starring science fiction odyssey over at Apple, and honestly? Perfection. It’s got high concept sci-fi architecture, awe-inspiring visuals, a score that’s both haunting and mesmerizing, compelling performances… note for note, beat for beat, the “Carter” trailer delivers it all.
In fairness, I say all of this as someone who hasn’t read the Edgar Rice Burroughs stories that “Carter” has its roots in. I can’t tell you if the “Carter” trailer perfectly captures the spirit and tone of the source material, or if the casting measures up to the characters Burroughs put on the page, none of that. What I can say is that this thing positively oozes cool. It’s brimming with a rare epic quality that one doesn’t see as often as they might like in trailers/movies these days. I mean, it ends with a Willem Dafoe voice over! Does it get any better than that? No, it doesn’t!
I’ll also say this: having seen the “Carter” trailer, I’m hellbent on devouring the Burroughs novels before the film arrives on March 9, 2012. It’s my next project after “A Dance With Dragons” is complete.
Yeah… “John Carter,” I think you and I are going to get along just fine.
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