Whenever a movie releases that’s an adaptation of one of my favorite books, I always put my money and my big mouth behind it, regardless of what the critics (or box office) says about it, especially if it promotes Alpha characters, something sorely lacking in Hollywood for several decades now. Sometimes I agree with them and sometimes I don’t. Warning: minor spoilers ahead.
I was prepared to dislike this movie after reading all the negative reviews. I was honestly surprised when about ten minutes into the movie I was thinking “Holy crap…this looks good.” By the end of the movie I wasn’t quite as excited, but I still liked the movie a lot. This is right after I saw Fright Night, another movie I expected to hate but turned out to be a surprisingly good movie. In terms of a guy like me who loves fantasy, loves action movies, and loved Robert E. Howard’s original Conan stories, I put Conan The Barbarian at about a 7.0 on the 1 to 10 scale.