08.19.2011 – ‘Conan the Barbarian’

“Conan? What is best in life?”

“To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women.”

This remake of the 1982 sword and sorcery classic that starred Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has big loin cloths to fill. The character of Conan might have been created by Robert E. Howard in 1932 but for so many people Schwarzenegger’s movie version is Conan the Barbarian.

Can Jason Momoa claim the role and make it his own? It might be a feat worthy of Conan himself. Or perhaps Khal Drogo.

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Comments

  1. I actually wasn’t too excited for this one, but then I saw that scene that was released on-line of young Conan killing those grown men in the woods. I loved how that scene was shot: you could actually tell what was going on! There wasn’t a cut every tenth of a second like most action movies these days. There was choreography involved. I really liked that one scene. Not sure if adult Conan is as cool as he was as a kid in that scene, but I will check this out on DVD for sure.

  2. pyynk pyynk says:

    My ass will be in the theater tonight. Looks like big, violent, over the top fun. And I was totally sold by the Conan as kid scene.

  3. flakbait flakbait says:

    I don’t know if it will be good or not, but I do see an acceptable number of Topless Wenches listed in the IMDB cast list.

  4. superharley superharley says:

    Caught the midnight showing last night, turned out a lot better than I thought it would. The introduction of young Conan does a great job of establishing just how bad-ass he is/going to become. Can speak for my two friends as well in saying that we all left the theater having enjoyed ourselves. If you’re looking for some brutal action you’ll definitely get your moneys’ worth.

    • WeaklyRoll WeaklyRoll says:

      That’s what i am looking for. A fun movie that looks bad ass.

      I think this is my second most anticipated movie of the summer. not sure why, but i really want to see it.

  5. PotatoPope PotatoPope says:

    I’ll be seeing it tonight. I don’t think its fair to call it a remake though. It really is a reinterpretation of the REH and Dark Horse stuff, not really the Arnold flick. From all the stories I’ve read Arnold never fit that young Conan style, but would of been a good King Conan maybe 15-20 years ago.

    • RoiVampire RoiVampire says:

      Right before he ran for governor there was talk of a king conan movie but it never got off the ground for one reason or another. I remember there being a lot, and i mean a lot, of news about the script being rewritten multiple times

  6. Loser13 Loser13 says:

    so this is where it starts where we will be seeing all of arnolds movies redone. big shoes to fill. i just notice that Jason Momoa had more lines in just the previews then Arnold had in the whole movie

  7. FoeApple FoeApple says:

    I’m going to save my Money not seeing this. Need better word of mouth to get me to go.

  8. JRScherer JRScherer says:

    I liked this a bunch. It’s not perfect, but it delivered on everything that I wanted to see in a Conan movie. The real shame is that Basil Poledouris was not alive to score the movie.

  9. RMC RMC says:

    The movie ok until they introduced Conan’s love interest and the movie completely nosedived after that. I don’t know the woman’s name, but she was truly awful. Rose McGowan was by far the best part of the movie.

  10. AlanRob AlanRob says:

    Totally satisfying movie, and a lot of fun. I found myself wanting more scenes with Conan and the pirates and maybe a large scale battle scene. But hey, you can only have so much budget. I didn’t see it in 3D, after a couple of bad experiences, but ALOT of the scenes seemed like they would look great in the format. Thinking about seeing it one more time but in 3D.

    I really hope there can be a sequel or two, because I feel with a little more experience with the Hyborian Age, Marcus Nispel and Jason Momoa could turn out a series that really kicks ass and satisfies Conan fan, at least this one.

  11. ericmci ericmci says:

    Pretty sure this isn’t very buzzable now.
    If ever.

  12. Jig Jig says:

    Since when is the Kingdom Of Kush a “fictional” one ?

  13. jonan2940 says:

    This is by far one of the worst movie’s I’ve ever seen. I’m an old fan of Conan from my childhood…The original movie was written by Oliver Stone and John Milius (wrote Apocalypse Now)…sorry you can’t beat that. This piece of crap that was pushed out to the idiot masses is horrendous. I really hope that isn’t indicative of anymore Conan films to come…maybe they won’t as I couldn’t even see a market lasting to offer a demand. Get real writers, get a plot and then maybe fandom will forgive the Conan franchise.

    Howard
    Buscema
    Frazetta
    Milius
    Stone
    Thomas
    The Austrian Oak

    That’s what made the Conan franchise take off. Get back to the roots. Don’t cater to the video game generation.