A most enjoyable movie, that I am pleased to have in my collection. I thought proving that you are a man was breaking the neck of a Cimmerian Bull. Some interesting actors like Ron Perlman and Stephen Lang get lost in the brouhaha. In the right hands and the right team this could be storytelling at its best, instead we get a film that thrives on the cliché of its genre. The action scenes are okay. Thus the film should be a visceral, violent portrayal of a warrior set against the fantasy backdrop of Robert E.
Sure, there is lots of action and fighting, but there is no emotion behind it. And that movie was terrible At least in that movie you could tell what was happening during the action scenes. Everybody else in the cast was solid,except female cast. Although it had some of this, it wasn't enough. It moves at such a pace that I found it impossible to get bored.
To say the plot was formula is almost an insult to formula plots. The weakest link here is Rachel Nichols as Tamara. Suffice it to say, casting Jason Momoa is the only thing that the new Conan the Barbarian film gets right. One of its most jarring aspects is that it begins with Morgan Freeman's narration, which sounds so utterly out of place, with his comforting, slightly Southern drawl the total opposite of everything bloody and Cimmerian, that it instantly comes across like self-parody, as if we were seeing some schticky Mel Brooks interpretation after the fact. The very numerous action scenes range from very good to excellent and are in addition very bloody. That's all appropriate to Robert E.
There is no immersion here. Director Marcus Nispel is undoubtedly the long-lost offspring of trash master and fellow German, Uwe Boll, as this film is so profoundly awful on every level that it's hard to think that it wasn't intentionally made this way. The Destroyer sucks although I did like it when I was a kid. And Momoa is the first actor to play him even close to Howard's vision. If Lord of The Rings was Peter Jackson making love to the audience, Conan is him self pleasuring himself in a dirty motel room.
Another thing that I found really disappointing was that Conan himself was just not brutal enough. Every fan of this film remembers the crucifixion scene when suddenly Subotai appears in the horizon to save the day. I'd love to see a sequel that riffs off the source material more, bringing in some established characters. She's integral to Zym's evil scheme but her burgeoning love of Conan feels forced and one sided. As i said i came into this film willing to hold my disbelief.
The dialogue is cliché-ridden and as much as I am starting to dislike using the term anachronistic the term applies to me here, the story is dull and sluggish and the characterisations feel little more than stock stereotypes. It had numbed my brain into abandoning all attempts at attention after about 20 minutes. Hopefully, as many heads as roll on screen will also roll in Hollywood for this abortive, dreadful garbage. The biggest question is how will 2011's movie audiences react to Conan The Barbarian, as it seems in many ways a relic of a bygone era. It will prove to you that no matter how much action, blood or one liners you squeeze into a movie, if the story and characterization are missing you don't have a movie. The story is worthless, as is the dialog, and those are very key ingredients to a Conan story.
I like the first Conan, the sequel was pretty horrible. The violence itself is the most disappointing. There is no sense of progression that makes a revenge plot efficacious. Years later, teenage Conan is a skillful fighter and the village is attacked by a guy who wants to reunite the mask pieces. Certainly not movie for children.
Yet again a film with great production value ruined by moronic film-makers that think guilty pleasure means no need for creativity, and yet another film permitted a stupid budget simply because the Conan name has brand recognition. Donelley and Oppenheimer forgive my spelling did a poor job on the script, if, what was shown in the final cut was more or less what they wrote. But the monk sent the descent Tamara Rachel Nichols back to her homeland. Tyler Bates' score is not particularly memorable after a first watch but is still strong, epic, and effective. I quite liked this film, more than I liked Captain America: The First Avenger that we watched a couple of days ago. Now, before I get to the review I want to say to anyone out there studying film like myself to watch this movie.