I read "A Princess of Mars" when I was a child and loved it. This movie does a fairly good job of
capturing the spirit and feel of the series, but there were a lot of odd problems with its expression. Skin tones and the colors of landscape and sky, usually comparatively easy to adjust, were inconsistent and too "earthly" as opposed to being Martian (hint: the RED planet, remember?). The acting ranged from excellent (Willem Dafoe in particular) to adequate to so-so. There were consistency problems, even in scenes where there should not have been. Costuming was brilliant, as were the sets and props - wonderfully done. The action sequences were remarkable, as long as you could suspend disbelief long enough. My main complaint was that for as much money as they spent on the production, the art direction should have been seamless and flawless, and it wasn't. Other than those distractions, we really enjoyed the movie and recommend it for anyone who enjoys fantastic fiction.
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