Friday, May 13, 2011

Conan the Barbarian Trailer!

I was less than thrilled with the initial "teaser" that was released a few months back with the Super Bowl that effectively showed nothing at all of what we might expect from the remake of Conan the Barbarian ; considering that a CG-laden movie like Transformers 3 could have real footage in its teaser while having had a shorter development cycle than Conan , things didn't bode well for our favorite barbarian.

What do I make of this actual "trailer?"  At a glance, I am definitely pleased with the realization of the Hyborian world and the embracing of its supernatural elements. In terms of the script, Jason Momoa's (who can currently be seen playing "Khal Draego" in HBO's Game of Thrones ) take on the title character already has more lines of dialogue in one trailer than Arnold had in an entire movie; I don't think I have to go out on a limb to say this new interpretation of the character of Conan will be a little bit more fleshed out as a result.

Stephen Lang, now super famous for his villainous Colonel Quatrich in Avatar , also plays the baddie in the forthcoming Conan . His "Khalar Zym" seems to be right there in the spirit of James Earl Jones' "Thulsa Doom," which has me wondering how original this film's plot may be; I understand there are younger generations that have never been exposed to the original film, but am hoping we end up with a wholly new and fresh take on the character in ever sense of the word - not just a note-for-note "re-imagining" of the first film. This new movie would do itself a big disservice by trying to copy the original; simply, the gritty and raw nature of that first Conan  can never be replaced, so why even try? Do they want to hear the lamentation of the nerds?

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