I saw the Original Conan the Barbarian with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the theaters when it came out in 1982. Aside from Arnold’s thick accent making it difficult to understand what little dialogue he had, the movie was a decent action flick, for its time. Almost as soon as the sequel, Conan the Destroyer was out, there was talk of more films and before long rumblings of a remake.
It has been a long time coming but the remake is finally here. Conan the Barbarian in 3D opens August 19th and my husband and teenage sons are anxiously counting the days. This telling deviates somewhat from the original film version though the plotline of revenge for the destruction of Conan’s village and the murder of his father are still the heart and soul of Conan’s motivation.
I have seen several trailers including one showing a young Conan (Leo Howard) as he takes on a band of warriors single-handedly as a preteen. The fight scene is grizzly, chilling and superbly choreographed. The young actor is unbelievable and I found myself wishing the film dealt more with this young man than the adult version of Conan. Still, the movie shows promise.
I have promised my men that we will see this in the theaters so I will share my review in a couple of weeks.