Monday, 29 August 2011

Film: Conan The Barbarian

Jason Momoa attempts to emulate Big Arnie in this remake of the fondly remembered 1982 movie.

Young Conan (Leo Howard) witnesses the slaughter of his village and the murder of his Father (Ron Perlman) and vows vengeance against the perpetrators, led by Khalar Zym (Stephen Lang).

What should be a fun swords & sandals tale quickly becomes dull as Momoa makes for a plodding Conan, he doesn’t have the screen presence or charisma for such a big character. Leo Howard is much more believable as the ferocious younger version.

Also, Stephen Lang (great in Avatar) isn’t a convincing villain. He just looks like an old guy trying to mix it up with brutes half his age and the garb he dons for the finale transforms him into a crazy mash up of Medusa and Big Trouble In Little China’s Lo-Pan.

Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Sons Of Anarchy) gives the best performance but isn’t in the film long enough to have a major influence.

Just as with the recent Clash Of The Titans remake this one falls short which makes me think that these type of films are probably best suited to early 80s VHS, which some of us may look back on through rose tinted glasses.

Ric’s Rating: 42%


  1. That's disappointing. But you saved me a few pounds at the cinema, Ricky. I'll wait and watch when it arrives on DVD.

  2. I was looking forward to it Michael but I should've guessed it'd be like this. Let me know what you think when you do get round to it.

  3. It did have some cool visuals, but wasn't really memorable.

  4. Hi Alex. I've just panned this and i'm still considering going to see the new Fright Night!

  5. I don't know if I'll get around to seeing this. It was received pretty poorly here in the States, and I think a big reason why is that Schwarzenegger really made that character his own, so it's hard to accept anyone else in the title role. And now you're saying it was sub-par anyway, so I probably won't even bother.

  6. Hi Matt, don't go out of your way for this one it was pretty dull.


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