Erik Bates: “It was ok.”
I regret not seeing this movie in theaters, as the visual aspect of the film is clearly something intended to be seen on the big screen. However, despite the clever twist at the end, it was an otherwise unoriginal story. I get the irony of that statement considering this is an adaptation of a 1917 novel, meaning that this story line likely is the influence of the stories it seems to imitate.
Scott Hardie: “It was ok.”
Enough time has passed since Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote the book a century ago that special effects can now bring his amazing ideas to life on screen, but too much time has passed for them to be taken seriously. This movie is corny, dragged down by way too much alien mythology, and not remotely interested in scientific plausibility, all traits that may once have been charming but are now dreadful. Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins are fun in the lead roles, and I liked the action scenes well enough (if only because the characters shut up for a few minutes), but Andrew Stanton's reverent approach is wrong for this material. This could have been better with a mischievous sense of fun and an understanding of its context in modern culture, something more like the Sherlock Holmes movie of 2009.