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Scott Roberts
Re: Total Remake
on Apr 5, 2012 at 3:15:13 pm

[Tim Wilson] "In other words, they didn't do ANYTHING wrong. No corners of budget, talent or marketing were cut. It just didn't exactly work, and it didn't exactly resonate."

Well, I don't know if they did anything "wrong" by casting Taylor Kitsch, but they certainly took a huge risk. It was near unanimous from all the negative reviews of the film that no one could connect with the guy, and no one thought he was that great of an actor in it. I understand going out and trying to find a rising star for the big-budget action film, but given the scale of everything else involved in the project (as you have nicely laid out), they *did* actually, in a way, cut a corner on not getting a well established, recognizable face. You've got Mark Strong and McNulty from The Wire as villains, and Willem Dafoe doing voice talent... then... some guy from a TV show as the lead... Granted, it may be a good TV show, but he's still an unproven film talent. He was a risk that didn't reward.

Not Kitsch's fault? Did he do the best job he could for what he had to work with? Then they probably went wrong with the screenplay. Stanton is a great writer, no question, but he more than likely wrote a bad Screenplay for John Carter. It was bloated, talky, and at times boring. He's probably in love with the material and likely tried to do too much, that's my guess. I don't even think I could recite two lines from the movie, that's how uninspiring and unmemorable the dialogue was as well. I *do* think they went wrong with a few of the cogs, before the machine even got started up. And they were crucial parts of the motor, and impacted the performance of all the other shiny great parts around it.

ALSO, the title for the movie and the overall marketing campaign were TERRIBLE.

I don't know if you watch Conan, but he did a funny bit recently where he showed fake (obviously), regrettable tweets from celebrities. And, well, RELEVANT:

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