I've been excited about this movie since I first saw the first preview, months ago. I looked it up and discovered that the author of the original book-- and actually, there was a whole series of books about Barsoom (Mars) -- is the same one who wrote the Tarzan books. Those never took my fancy, even though I knew they were immensely popular in their day, but I was so excited by the movie preview that I decided to give A Princess of Mars a go.
I liked the book, and eagerly awaited the movie. March seemed like so far in the future! When I realized it was finally almost here, I decided to read the book again, and insisted to my husband (who is not an opening-night kind of moviegoer) that we had to go the day it opened.
Although I'd been seeing some mixed headlines, some predicting the movie to be a flop or a colossal waste of money, I loved it from beginning to end. Although they did make some minor changes, mainly shifting the emphasis of certain aspects of the novel to make it into a bigger story of good versus evil, the basic plot was unchanged. The special effects were awesome, and the creatures were all very true to the original.
Now that I've read the book twice and seen the movie (which I plan to see again in the theaters, by the way), I intend to read the rest of the books in the series. The second book is about John Carter's second visit to Mars, and I do hope that they make a sequel to the movie, too!