No point in really doing a review because this is a great film and you have likely seen it over an over. If for some reason you have not then kick yourself in the backside for not having seen it yet and then go check it out as soon as possible. So I decided to go for a compact list of ten things I really like about this film in no real order.
1-The soundtrack is amazing. I’m not usually a huge fan of all soundtracks and tend to just tune them out many times. This one hits the whole time and really sets the mood.
2-James Earl Jones-To be honest he has frequently bored me in a number of other roles he’s been in, but here he is arrogant and ruthless. Just what his role called for.
3-The sets-Amazing sets throughout. So many of the fantasy films from the 80’s that followed tried scraping together money and using this film as a blueprint for their low budget versions of these sets.
4-The locations-The locations were such an important part of the Conan stories. The cultures were impacted greatly by their surrounding and the makers of this film got that and brought it to the film and these characters.
5-The fights-The fight choreography is strong indeed. This isn’t just people slapping swords around. The main heroes and villains definitely have unique fighting styles suited to their body shape and size.
6-The pacing-My brother once said he found this film to be very dull. I never got that because for me the pacing is definitely a strong point for the film. It may be slower at times than others in the genre but it’s always for a reason like showing Conan preparing for battle.
7-William Smith-I’ve let it be known here before that I am a huge William Smith fan and this film is no exception. Playing Conan’s daddy is a small but important part and Smith nails it.
8-Violence-Something the second film shied away from. This film really goes it and of course this is a large part of the Conan stories so it’s fitting that people get ripped apart.
9-The weapons-Along with the fights the weapons seem to fit the size, personality and background of the person. I don’t know what that says about smacking people with a giant hammer, but it was cool.
10-Arnold- He was just into his acting career at this point and a ways from being the top action star of the decade, yet he certainly showed that he could be the center of attention and handle the action in spectacular fashion.