‘John Carter’ TV Spots Sell the Mars Action; Preview 10 Minutes of Michael Giacchino’s Score

Written by on December 19, 2011 

While I wouldn’t say the John Carter tide turned with the release of a longer, more comprehensive trailer earlier this month, I definitely found new interest in the sci-fi adventure. (A good step for a movie that looked like an expensive bore at first glance.) And, after giving the first TV spots a watch, thanks to Yahoo!, my current stance on the matter was only reinforced: it looks like a pretty, albeit potentially empty actioner.

That latter descriptor only feels more and more legitimate, though; I’m starting to get behind the Old West-style depiction of Mars, and the cartoonish nature of the aliens is, to me, kind of fitting. But remaining unsure about Taylor Kitsch, the “hero’s journey” story, and how much entertainment value this thing can really carry is a problem when we’re only about 2 1/2 months out from a release. The optimism is still there, if only a little baseless.

Watch it below:

We also have a preview of the score from composer Michael Giacchino, most recently heard in the other Pixar director’s live action debut, Brad Bird‘s Ghotocol. He joined the show Movies on the Radio (via CBM), where he shared over 10 minutes of music. Check out John Carter’s Theme at 43:50 after the file loads, followed by Dejah’s Theme at 54:50.

Based on Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ work, the action adventure also stars Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Daryl Sabara, Polly Walker, Bryan Cranston, Thomas Hayden Church and Willem Dafoe.


From Academy Award(R)-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes “John Carter”–a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). “John Carter” is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.

John Carter opens on March 9th.

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