The Sword & Sandal movie -- known for its gladiatorial games, pagan orgies, depraved emperors, and the occasional snarling cyclops -- may represent the most colorful and enduring movie genre of all time.
There isn't anything too surprising about a well-marketed and well-reviewed mainstream comedy opening well on its debut weekend. Still, 21 Jump Street topped the box office this weekend with a whopping estimated $35 million.
Andrew Stanton's John Carter is neither the next step in grand-scale franchise filmmaking nor an unmitigated disaster. I appreciated the sheer weirdness of the prologue, while in turn wanting the film to 'just get on with it.'