Previous trailers released for this summer’s Conan the Barbarian have made one thing clear: If nothing else, director Marcus Nispel’s reboot will deliver a whole lot of gruesome violence and cheesy acting. But does that mean the movie will be good, dumb fun – or so-bad-it’s-bad entertainment?
A new international trailer for Conan has been released. Wisely, this UK theatrical previews skimps on the less appealing elements featured in previous trailers (less talking, no rock music accompaniment) and squeezes a whole lot of dark imagery and savage fighting into less than two minutes. On the whole, the movie looks better as a result.
Jason Momoa stars as the titular Conan the Barbarian, the Cimmerian warrior who travels across the land of Hyboria in search of the vicious warlord Khalar Zym (Stephen Lang) – the man responsible for the death of Conan’s father (Ron Perlman) and the slaughter of his native village. However, things change when Conan crosses paths with a mysterious woman named Tamara (Rachel Nichols) and discovers that he’s destined to achieve far greater deeds than merely avenging his family.
Translation? We get to watch Conan duke it out with armored brutes, deadly warriors, enormous CGI monsters, and a sinister sorceress named Marique (Rose McGowan). As demonstrated in the red band Conan trailer, there will be a whole lot of blood and gore shed along the way.
Check out the UK trailer for Conan the Barbarian (via Facebook) below:
Among other things working in favor of Conan being a fast and furious ancient world action romp is the gloomy production design; everything from the savage costumes to the jagged architectural design of the Hyborian castles and fortresses seems fittingly… well, barbaric. It’s no secret that the artwork of the late Frank Frazetta (whose oil paintings of Conan are generally still considered the definitive portrayal of the character) heavily influenced the design of Nispel’s reboot – and it looks to have done so to positive effect.
The main Conan cast members (Momoa, Lang, McGowan, etc.) all look their respective parts well enough, but the big question is whether watching them chew the scenery will get a bit tedious after a while. It doesn’t help that the film’s screenplay – penned by Dylan Dog: Dead of Night and A Sound of Thunder duo Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, along with Sean Hood (Halloween: Resurrection) – appears to have its share of groan-inducing dialogue.
All in all, though, Conan could end up featuring the right mix of cheesy and gritty action elements to make it a fun way to round out the summer. Bit of advice, though: Skip on the 3D, it looks to hinder more than enhance the viewing experience, in this case.
Conan the Barbarian slashes its way into theaters on August 19th, 2011.
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