Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Follow us on   
Search   
Forum Home Register for Free! Log In Moderator Tickets FAQ Users Online

Conan The Barbarian

 
Logged in as: Guest
  Printable Version
All Forums >> [Film Forums] >> Film Reviews >> Conan The Barbarian Page: [1]
Login
Message << Older Topic   Newer Topic >>
Conan The Barbarian - 6/12/2005 1:00:00 PM   
Empire Admin

 

Posts: 29972
Joined: 29/6/2005
Post your comments on this article
Post #: 1
The age of high adventure... - 5/4/2006 3:11:25 PM   
jim_ballard76

 

Posts: 6
Joined: 8/3/2006
I recently watched the film having not seen it for many years and it was even better than I remembered. It has aged like a fine wine (or should that be a bottle of fake blood?). Excellent performances from everyone involved, especially James Earl Jones as Thulsa Doom and one of the greatest film scores ever from Basil Poledouris.

(in reply to Empire Admin)
Post #: 2
So Much Better Than The 2011 Version - 9/11/2011 6:46:05 PM   
Bighousewill

 

Posts: 244
Joined: 5/12/2009
I really was not expecting this to be great tbh I thought that Conan The Destroyer was the original but only because thats always on ItV 4 at night how I was wrong. I found the special edition 2 disc dvd complete with remastered 5.1 surround sound from a charity shop and wow it is great with decent FX too really a treat for Arny fans. The 2011 version is a pile of shit though. 1984 version actually a classic.

(in reply to Empire Admin)
Post #: 3
RE: So Much Better Than The 2011 Version - 10/3/2013 5:46:28 AM   
Phubbs


Posts: 658
Joined: 3/4/2012
Conan the Barbarian (1982)

The first film to get Arnie on the way to the man he is today, and the first of three very similar fantasy flicks. Based on a pulp comic character from the 30's this film franchise turned the idea on its head and into a cult spanning many different formats and influencing other fantasy films, it also helped some videogames along the way.

The plot is simple, 'Conan' is taken from his family who have been conveniently killed by a band of nasty warriors dressed in black. He is put into slavery and made to do hard labour for the rest of his foreseeable future. The torturous slavery makes 'Conan' big and strong despite the apparent lack of decent food, nutrients, fishfingers or milk. He eventually is sold into gladiatorial fighting where he becomes a brilliant battler and swordsman and wins his freedom. From there on he's off to avenge his families death, as you do.

Obvious premise but its an old film folks. Yes the film is old, back in 82 things were different, what you see now when watching is a horribly cliched, predictable, hammy, semi cheap looking mess, but back then it was fresh...ish. All the bad guys wear black and look a bit camp with their wigs and handlebar moustaches, you wonder why exactly these groups of bad guys always attack and kill helpless useless peasants, what's in it for them? why they always leave one kid alive to grow up and take revenge on them?? and what is James Earl Jones character actually up to? what's his goal? his plans? why do all those people follow him? etc...

Yeah I know I'm being picky, it matters not really, the film is old and all these barbarian films are pretty much the same, its all about the spectacle and fantasy right. This first film is definitely more adult than the rest, lots of blood splashing about with limbs being hacked off hehe good stuff. Yet despite that there isn't too much action really, more character development surprisingly and what action there is has some nice effects too, nice snake work and some nice animated spirits also.

To be honest I've actually always preferred the original 'Beastmaster' film over 'Conan'. There a few nice moments in this but really its pretty tepid, if only 'The beastmaster' starred Arnie. And what the hell was that huge wheel thing 'Conan' pushes for half his life suppose to be? a mill? a well? or merely for torture? a plan that backfired for 'Thulsa Doom' methinks.

In the end the final teasing image and narration about 'King Conan' is actually far more interesting and intriguing than the film that preceded it.

(in reply to Bighousewill)
Post #: 4
Page:   [1]
All Forums >> [Film Forums] >> Film Reviews >> Conan The Barbarian Page: [1]
Jump to:





New Messages No New Messages
Hot Topic w/ New Messages Hot Topic w/o New Messages
Locked w/ New Messages Locked w/o New Messages
 Post New Thread
 Reply to Message
 Post New Poll
 Submit Vote
 Delete My Own Post
 Delete My Own Thread
 Rate Posts


 
Movie News  |  Empire Blog  |  Movie Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Video Interviews  |  Image Gallery  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Magazine  |  Resources
 
Forum Software © ASPPlayground.NET Advanced Edition 2.4.5 ANSI

0.156