Kull the Conqueror
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Originally written as a third installation in the much more respectable Conan series of films, Kull the Conquerer is utterly passionless and devoid of spirit. It is truly as mediocre as fantasy films get, and given the recent crop, that is certainly saying something. Still, I can appreciate almost any effort in this untapped genre, and therefore Kull does taste as good to me as even a relatively tasteless ort of food can to a starving man. It does have its moments, but they should have come far more often.
Kull does distance itself from a mere Conan the Barbarian clone quite nicely, however - Kevin Sorbo plays a far less grim warrior who seems to think before he strikes. The world itself is less like Conan's and more like what we have seen in Dragonheart. Given that Kull is from some of the people who gave us Dragonheart, this isn't particularly surprising.Read more ›
Enough about that. Let's face it, if you worry too much about Hollywood being "accurate", particularly in adapting the work of long-dead pulp writers, you aren't going to like much of anything in the fantasy genre. I had fun with this, despite its ridiculous beginning - barbarian Kull (Kevin Sorbo, who seems to grow into the role over the course of the film) after failing to pass the test to become a legionnaire for lack of royal blood (he's a barbarian from Atlantis, not a noble from the kingdom of Valusia, where the film is set), somehow makes his way into the palace and ends up fighting the dying and insane king (Sven-Ole Thorsen) who in his last act anoints Kull as his successor, much to the chagrin of Taligaro (Thomas Ian Griffith), the head of the guards who had embarassed Kull in the first scene and is himself one of the contenders for the throne.Read more ›
So, I was able to watch the movie with fresh or unfiltered eyes. First off, being a fan of the Hercules series, I pictured Kevin Sorbo as perfect for Kull. And I found Tia Carrere as a quick-witted, focused, and intelligent Akivasha. And nice to look at.
The plot was simple but the imagery, music, and secondary characters added a lot to the story. I would not say they carried it but they did keep me watching till the end. The background and history of the setting feels a tad tacked on but that may be because I have not yet gone through the Kull stories.
In the end I enjoyed it and if you enjoyed it I would also suggest Red Sonja, The 13th Warrior, or Conan - The Complete Quest.
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If you like camp, and cheesy fantasy sci-fi then this is absolutely for you. In the same vein as the original Krull,this a fun mix of tongue in cheek humor and fun action. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Christy
great movie epecially if u love kevin sorbo as much as ui doPublished 1 month ago by paul james cata jr
I've been looking for this movie FOREVER. I looked and looked online trying to find out what its name was lol. It's one of my favorite movies!Published 5 months ago by Katie Dickerson
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