Conan the Barbarian [DVD]
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The legendary Conan The Barbarian stars ‘Game of Thrones’s Jason Momoa and Avatar’s Stephen Lang. From the producers of The Expendables comes a visual spectacular that brings the fabled action hero Conan to life like never before!
Based on the character created by Robert E. Howard, Conan was born on the battlefield. From those bloodsoaked beginnings, Conan is destined to venture into an unforgiving world after his father is brutally murdered and his village destroyed. As Conan battles his way through a treacherous world of monsters, sorceresses’ and bloodthirsty enemies, he chances upon Khalar Zym - the warlord responsible for his tribe's destruction. And so Conan’s quest for true revenge begins... Also starring Ron Perlman and Rose McGowan.
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The storyline is unashamedly straight-forward: we meet a young boy with a talent for violence living in a simple village, before an evil bad guy turns up looking for a magical item, and has his henchmen slaughter everyone. The rest of the movie sees the grown-up Conan finding his enemy again, meeting a girl, slaughtering his way through the henchmen, ending with the climatic showdown with the bad guy.
There's nothing wrong with a simple plot, provided the movie plays it well, and overall it works. Jason Momoa looks the part as Conan and chews out his gruff lines reasonably well, and the rest of the cast are fine. Ron Perlman is the standout cast member as the father of young Conan.
It's hard to discuss this movie without referencing either the original books of Robert E. Howard, or the 1982 movie starring Arnold Swartzenegger. This version claims to be closer to the books, and I think they've succeeded. However, many watchers won't have read the books, and I think the opening narration of the history of Cimmeria will leave some scratched heads, while Conan leading a band of pirates will get some bemused looks. The movie does a good job of distancing itself from the Arnie version, but I don't think Momoa can go down as the definitive Conan, not least because the script doesn't give him any really standout lines.
The bad guy and his henchmen deserve a special mention. There's a thin line between being distinctive and menacing, and being downright silly, or even camp.Read more ›
First of all, Jason Momoa was an excellent Conan. One of the things that the writers of this movie did well was to create a Conan closer to R.E.Howard's character than Schwarzenegger ever was in the 1982 film. Momoa was not a grunting neanderthal, and there was even some dialogue that reminded us what a Hyborian "barbarian" was supposed to be. Momoa also scored as far as his physique was concerned. It isn't really fair to make comparisons with the Schwarzenegger film, but Arnold was, to be honest, far too bulky. Conan is tall, muscled and immensely strong, of course, but he is also lithe and quick - he spent time as a thief, for goodness' sake! Momoa's physique was impressive without making his quick reflexes and fancy footwork unbelievable. I felt that he hit the right note in terms of expressiveness, as well - yes, he did broody and laconic well; but at the same time he was able to smile and laugh, just as Conan should be able to do.
The production design was superb, and I felt it (mostly) imagined the Hyborian world well. I only had two grumbles: first, that when Conan returned to Cimmeria at the end of the film it was clearly far too warm(!); and second, that we never saw enough of the Hyborian cities - too much time spent in the countryside or amongst ruins, and not enough time in the teeming cities that characterise many of the original stories.
Ron Perlman was excellent as Conan's father; the villains were pretty good (although Rose McGowan was a bit limp and the heroine, Tamara, was a bit character-less).Read more ›
Jason Mamoa was a perfect choice for the main role, but also round of applause for the kid, Leo Howard (the young Conan), truly a revelation; I know that many are too fond of the old version with uber famous Arnold Swarzy to even consider it, but just give it a try since this version with these actors have better captured the spirit of its original creator & the old pulp fictions, obviously it's more updated.
Also the choice of making it an adult adventure and not the usual family oriented 1 is a plus for my taste...even if clearly influenced by the style of 300, Spartacus etc, I've appreciated that they've also found a way to bring in the old traditional sort of action plot.
For those saying the plot could have been "deeper" more focused & so on, I guess it was deliberatly a simple story to begin the saga & set the tone, because they had in mind to continue it with the next installement (just see the kind of open ending to it), therefore mostly "presenting" the character(s) with this 1st film...unfortunately most likely it won't be the case but this attempt wasn't so that bad regardless.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Honestly? I found it a bit "blah". Not bad but it lacked something. I much prefer the Arnold Version. It was more powerful, more fun, more entertaining... Read morePublished 8 hours ago by CMLouise
With fairly low expectations I popped this one into the machine, and admittedly I'm surprised by the number of people giving the film one or two stars. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Paul WJM
Hmm as luscious as Mr Moma is this is a seriously bad remake. All the way I think I prefer Arnie but Jason Moma hold the title as hottie!Published 1 month ago by E-book worm
I am a huge fan of the Conan comics and books and although this film is no where near the Arnie Conan earlier, it is however a barbaric wonderous adventure action packed and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mocata
I thought this was the movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger, a complete disappointmentPublished 2 months ago by Helen C-P