karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Cinema)
So yes, even after sleeping on it, the new Conan film is pretty damn good. If I had two criticisms I'd say the dialogue was too modern and not corny enough and a few sequences were only there for 3D effects.
This film has the same problem with critics as Sky Captain and The World of Tomorrow, they review it out of context. Yes, Sky Captain was shallow and corny and the plot was like a sieve but it was a perfect homage to the pulp genre.
When I go and see Conan, I want Robert E. Howard's stories brought to life (which, I admit, this wasn't based on any full story but at least it felt right), not an arthouse film. The production values, if you disregard the CGI tentacle monster, were good (sets, costumes, the styling of the various tribes, the sand warriors were quite impressive).
There was plenty of (CGI) blood and gratuitious nudity (not as excessive as in the Spartacus TV series, though) and silly wand/willy/sword waving but I've seen worse fight scenes in high budget A-listed Hollywood flicks so really, it's not all bad.

As the genre goes, it's rather decent Sword&Sorcery fodder.

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