Tail Gunner said:I just watched the Disney film "John Carter of Mars," which I enjoyed. It is an old-style adventure story based on the Barsoom Series, written by Edgar Rice Burroughs in the 1910's-1920's, published in newspapers and magazines, and eventually collected into books.
It is a classic science fiction / fantasy film without much SJW garbage, except for a sword fighting princess of Mars, which was probably part of the original story. Burroughs created the idea of ships that sailed on light even before solar power was invented. As an Earthman, John Carter has great strength in the low gravity of Mars, so he was an early superhero (kind of like Superman, who had great strength because he came from another world). Worth a watch.
BTW: There is also a very interesting subplot about a small group of men hidden within society (on both Earth and Mars) who intentionally cause societal strife and violence for the purpose of feeding off it. Considering what is happening in modern society, that subplot may resonate with some viewers.
The movie is actually surprisingly faithful to the books, given that this is a 100 year old property with no substantial IP holder fighting for proper adaptation.
The movie blends some elements from the 1st and 2nd books together. But the major plotline beats are done well.
Some of the noticeable deviations are at the beginning, when the film goes out of its way to depict the US Military as aggressive/evil rather than the AmerIndians. Dejah Thoris is far more action-heroine in this film too. In the book, the most she does aggressively is shine a light. The book never presents human women as equal to men as fighters, as that's not particularly credible in this swashbuckling type of tale. The books' depiction of the Tharks (15ft green men) would probably be considered extremely offensive today, though it's simply honest rather than propagandistic.
I read the books some time ago mixed in with some other modern fiction, and aside from the 1st book (which isn't great, it has rocky pacing) I found them more entertaining than the contemporary works.