Friday, August 19, 2011
Conan the Barbarian (2011)
by Reymundo Salao
Over the years, there were several attempts to continue the legacy of Conan in film. And it seems that this new one wishes to re-ignite the flames of the barbarian character, and perhaps start a new film series. Unlike the 1982 film adaptation by John Milius which had some few alterations from the source material, this new one claims to remain true to the original books. But while it did seem to capture that visually, it failed to establish some degree of emotional and cerebral factor which made the 1982 version a classic.
Comparatively, where the Milius and Schwarzenegger Conan was given ample time for quiet and more thoughtful moments, Marcus Nisepel's and Jason Momoa's Conan was always in a rabid action mode; more arrogant, thoughtless, and after a while, his monotone and lack of character made him too boring and too cardboard-like to sympathize with. The lines he spat out were all barbaric machismo and of vengeance and savagery, which after a while began to sound annoying and awfully corny.
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