but I can expect Howard when I go to see something proclaiming Conan and this didn't have it.
Actually, I found this was pretty close to Howard in spirit, certainly more than the Milius/Arnie flick. Conan's pretty much all business - holding to his "live, love, slay" philosophy and not furrowing his barbarian brow trying to figure out "riddles of steel" - and the story's a sword & sorcery adventure yarn that revolves around him defeating a suitably campy villain and his minions. The girl isn't the swooning halfwit that Howard would have made her, but that can only be an improvement.
And who said it had to be true to Howard anyway? I'm willing to let an adaptation do its own silly thing as long as it's entertaining. And this was.
I'll have to disagree on what made it to the screen. I found that the book actually rang true to Howard, and he wasn't averse to smart women - just most of the girls that attracted Conan's attention were just that - girls. To be fair, he was a seventeen year old out for his first good times in the big cities. The movie just didn't have that Conan flavor in it, and I do require that if something has the name it tries to be as true to the source as possible. If all they tout is "based on" then I should shut up and just expect good popcorn fodder - but when all the marketing is trying to capitalize on the "Conan Mystique" then I'll be whiny InfernaNet pundit.
Then again, you made a valid point that when Rose McGowan is the least hot one, what is there to complain about?
To the Thread -
I've been going over some of my old videos on this trip I'm on - did a Saving Grace marathon this weekend, but prior to that I watched "La Horde".La Horde
, for those who don't know, is a French Zombie flick that I such a beautiful homage to all the best in zombie movies. The zombies aren't your classic slow ones, but they are relentless and horrible of visage. The basis of the movie is a Paris Narcotics squad loses one of their team members to some African drug runners. The rest of the squad decides to go after the bad guys and get retribution - then things go awry. Cops and Bad Guys die, some get eaten, some fight on and the ending is a quite nasty twist.
I purchased the international "region free" version and watched with the French soundtrack and Ecnglish subtitles. I retain enough of my college French that I was able to follow along, once I got used to accents with only a bit of an eyedrop to the subtitles. Full of action, fight scenes, blood, guts and mayhem.