Tuesday, 13 December 2011
Conan the Barbarian
I bought the dvd of ‘Conan the Barbarian’ last night starring Jason Momoa, Ron Perlman and a rather freaky looking Rose McGowan (of Charmed fame). I quite liked it, I thought it was well done and mostly stayed true to the idea of Conan but I will admit I was not a fan of the original; it didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me…….
This one however made a lot of sense and there was the side benefit of having Jason Momoa shirtless for the entire film. Yes I am in love with Jason Momoa (Ronon Dex in Stargate Atlantis), I would almost be tempted to create a JM Admiration Society but that would seem a bit Belieber-fan like and quite frankly, the day I ever find myself acting that pathetic I would hope some one would whack me upside the head HARD!
The filming was a bit strange, sometimes sword fight swings didn’t come together properly but the locations were stunning. Ron Perlman plays the father of Conan and is quite memorable even though he only features for the first 25 minutes. The best part of the movie was the beginning when young Conan takes on four Picts and brings back their heads for his father….that kid is very intense.
Rose plays Marique, a Sorceress and she is suitably frightening, quite the departure from Paige Mathews…..
I do believe I will be watching this again. Jason Momoa is just a stunning man to look at (and did I mention he gets some rear attention in the movie) but I think his personality and presence is a little too large and impactful for such a two dimensional character as Conan, being a monosyllabic and stoic warrior, he doesn’t have much in the way of personality. This does an injustice to Jason because he is quite fantastic with intense and strong emotional acting and has the potential to be a huge action star if he follows the right path.
I did read online that Jason is writing a sequel. It will be interesting to see his writing skills and how he adapts or translates the character of Conan to best suit his abilities as an actor.