Conan the Barbarian
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The most legendary Barbarian of all time is back. Having thrived and evolved for eight consecutive decades in the public imagination -- in prose and graphics, on the big screen and small, in games and properties of all kinds -- Conan's exploits in the Hyborian Age now come alive like never before in a colossal action-adventure film.A quest that begins as a personal vendetta for the fierce Cimmerian warrior soon turns into an epic battle against hulking rivals, horrific monsters, and impossible odds, as Conan realizes he is the only hope of saving the great nations of Hyboria from an encroaching reign of supernatural evil.
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After that is kind of starts to go down hill. The fights seem too long and there is too many effects in which computers were used. Now, to be fair, there was a LOT of wire work and the actors did a lot of their own stunts. But the end result isn't as grand as it should. I felt about 20 minutes could have been removed from the movie, easily, without hurting the story or flow of the film. While many of the places named are in the stories of Conan, many of them are not that close together.
I feel that fans of Conan are going to be a tad disappointed and those who are not fan are not really going to get that excited about the story or the setting. In fact I sometimes felt I was watching Beastmaster. I also noticed that the music was very underwhelming, which is almost a sin for a Conan film.
Conan defeats the bad guy in a way that brings closure to his Father's memory but feels like I've seen it before. In fact, you have seen the ending in a couple of fantasy movies.
In the end, for me, the film went down in fires because of all the nitpicks I started to have after the first 15 minutes. True, a movie can survive a few nitpicks if it is a good one. But even the best can crash and burn if a few thousand nitpicks attack it. Halfway through the film I was no longer inside the movie, enjoying it. I was outside it, questioning all the decisions made to create it. Why were the slaves topless? Because they were on display or because they wanted a R-Rating? Why did the Picts sounds like pigs? Or raptors? Or pig-raptors? Picts are Scots!
Fans of the Conan setting, of the books and comics, such as myself, may find themselves walking away confused and praying that people stop trying to make Conan movies. Those who are not fans may enjoy it more but not by much.
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