I will be brief.
But, I am documenting every time I watch a movie this year. And it would seem unfair to not tell you. Yeah, before it left the theater (I assume first run theaters will be dropping the movie from their screens this week), I wanted to see it again.
And, you know, I liked it just as much a second time, if not more after reading the first three Barsoom books. Lots of little bits that are throw-aways from the book, or book-accurate bits like the hand-on-shoulder greeting among allies, radium shells from the Thark rifles, what a royal @#$%* Sarkoja can be...
Anyway, it would have been nice to see where they wanted to go with the sequels, especially as they took such an incredible number of liberties with the source material. At least I would have been kept guessing. At its core, the movie remains true to each character they represent, even if there's no appearance of Phaidor while we see Matai Shang, etc... and so its not that hard for me to reconcile the differences.
I'll shut up about John Carter for a bit.