After quoting Conan the Barbarian in response to GeeCee’s post here, I decided I’d actually watch the movie.
And man was it… good?
The movie follows Conan, the last survivor of his quaint happy village, on a quest of vengeance against the men who killed his family and sold him into slavery – the villain is played my James Earl Jones. In the process, he befriends some thieves and promises a king that he’ll steal back his missing daughter.
So, the plot – not the greatest thing the world. There are lots of small, strange things – like why do you teach a gladiatorial slave to read?! – but I’m willing to excuse that, because the writing for the movie was excellent. There wasn’t much of it – the whole script was probably like three pages, tops – but the lines that were said were pure gold. IMdb will hook you up – and honestly, that one page probably has the majority of the dialogue anyways.
The music was also awesome. No crazy 80s rock pieces (which are awesome, in their own way). Just good, fantasy-esque bits.
No, the weakest part of the movie was pacing. There were just really long periods of the movie where nothing happened. Scenes of horses galloping over the steppe, or slaves being led away, or thieves sneaking around. arrgghhhh
I’ve heard there is a remake in the works, and I wonder if it’ll be good. The 1982 version was fantastic, in its own fantastically bad way. I’m afraid that a remake would miss out what made this film so good.
Anyways – I’m not certain that the Conan MMO is for me, but I’ve definitely ordered the first book of short stories. So! A good day!