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Considering that Edgar Rice Burroughs is certainly one of the original science fiction and adventure genre writers, John Carter of Mars should be squarely within that space. Somewhere between space opera and fantastical adventures, the adventure novels and stories of the 30s and 40s were heavily based on the work of people like ERB.
This movie is pretty faithful to the source material and to that era. The characters are a bit flat, but the style and the action, and the world building is consistent and solid. The storyline is a perfect version of the style of the period, with the right mixture of romance, fighting, betrayal, and inexplicably loyal armies following a hero they just met. Also, there are super-friendly super-loyal animals.
John Carter of Mars is probably a genre by itself. This movie captures that pretty well, though probably nothing could really take us back to the period in which it was written.