Thursday, May 05, 2011

The Barbarian is Back

When I last discussed the upcoming Conan the Barbarian reboot (in 3D, natch), I mentioned my optimism in the selection of actor Jason Momoa to embody Robert E. Howard's legendary rogue. From this new trailer, I'm still happy with Momoa, who seems to capture the character quite well, but I'm less happy with the general "genericness" of the whole thing. Granted, director Marcus Nispel was never going to match the bombast that John Milius gave the original back in '82, but I was hoping for something a little more stylized and a little less, I dunno, Scorpion King.

Also, the presence of 300's Tyler Bates on music duties virtually assures me that we won't get anything close to the majestic, magnificent score that the late, great Basil Pouledouris elevated the Arnold Schwarzenegger starrer with. Just to be clear, I don't think this necessarily looks bad, and I'm confident that Momoa will be quite good, but I'm also not expecting something spectacular. This may end up being yet another one of those instances where going in with lowered expectations is a good idea.

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