Excerpt: It’s pretty much like getting a straight shot of testosterone. In fact, just standing near one of the posters for Marcus Nispel’s “Conan the Barbarian” will put hair on your chest regardless of age or gender.
Excerpt: Robert E. Howard, a big, brawling, bookish son of the Texas plains born into the first era in which the United States could truly call the region settled, lived in front of a typewriter, dreaming up tales of powerful men and lusty women. His fantasies synced up with those offered in pulp magazines like Weird Tales, allowing him to eke out a living selling stories at pennies a word.
Conclusion: 'Conan the Barbarian' is not a film that will likely please everyone equally, but for fans of fantasy-adventure epics, this 1984 actioner from John Milius is a classic of the genre, one with a devoted following. The sword-and-sorcery flick stars Arnold Schwarzenegger in his breakout performance as the titular character, along with the great James Earl Jones as his nemesis Thulsa Doom.
Excerpt: The Movie Both the beginning and the summit of the modern sword-and-sorcery genre, Conan the Barbarian drew upon the novels of Robert E. Howard of course, but it also rode the popularity of Marvel Comics' take the musclebound character. And who better to play the bigger-than-life warrior than a young, eager bodybuilder and budding actor named Arnold Schwarzenegger?
Excerpt: Based on the stories by Robert E. Howard (which in turn inspired the comic book series from Marvel), John Milius’ big screen adaptation of Conan The Barbarian, written by Oliver Stone, might take some liberties with Howard’s mythology but in the end stands the test of time as a great big slice of dumb entertainment and a decent adaptation of the source material.
Conclusion: With Marcus Nispel's reboot/reimagining/revamp of the same name storming theaters in August, there's no time like the present to reacquaint yourself with (or introduce yourself to) John Milius and Arnold Schwarzenegger's stab Robert E. Howard's iconic swordsman. No, Milius' Conan the Barbarian isn't a faithful adaptation and, no, it isn't impervious to the passage of time, it's still -- say it with me -- a whole lotta fun.