Conan the Barbarian (2011)


“I live, I love, I slay, and I am content.” – Conan

Number of Times Seen – Twice (22 Nov 2011 and 3 Oct 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A Barbarian warrior plots revenge against the man who murdered his father and hos whole village years earlier.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing on DVD when it came, yet didn’t remember anything about it at all.

This is a really silly and superficial action film that fails on so many levels.

None of the characters are developed at all and that hurts things so much especially since even the lead character is very two dimensional here.

The way that they depict the action scenes has things coming across n a very mechanical way which is also problematic.

Jason Momoa does a fine job in the title role, but he isn’t able to make us care about his character at all.

The supporting cast is also quite talented with Ron Perlman, Rose McGowen, Rachel Nichols and Stephen Lang yet none of them have enough to do here.

The movie’s sword and sorcery aspect comes across as very cliched and predictable and that also takes a lot away from things.

The film’s tone is much more serious than the Conan films of Arnold Schwarzenegger from the 80’s, yet they never seem to find a way to make this one any more entertaining  or interesting to watch.

Bottom Line – Really silly and superficial action film. The action scenes are fun and gruesome but are far too mechanical than they should be. Momoa is fine as Conan, but his character isn’t developed well enough which is surprising given that he is the main focus of the film. The sword and sorcery aspects of this film are far too predictable and cliched which takes so much away from things.  The tone of this film is much more serious and violent than the version with Arnie 25+ years earlier, but that still doesn’t help make things more interesting or entertaining to watch.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Jason Momoa is by his own admission afraid of horses, so all his horse riding scenes had to either be faked or filmed with doubles. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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