I've had a truly terrible week at work. So bad that the only cure was to watch massive amounts of technicolor violence. Fortunately, "Conan the Barbarian" opened yesterday and I caught it (in 2D) this afternoon.
In short, it is not a good Robert E. Howard Conan movie. It is, however, a nearly note perfect Roy Thomas "Savage Sword of Conan" movie, and I'm fine with that.
Jason Momoa absolutely embodies the role of Conan. Anyone who complains he doesn't look like Conan is really saying he doesn't look like Arnie (who didn't look much like Conan for my money). The rest of the cast do their jobs, which is to either hinder or enable our hero on his adventures. I'm not sure it's a good thing, but it's definitely a "Conan" thing that I can't even tell you the names of the other characters. There was Conan's Black Friend, and The Bad Guy, and The Bad Guy's Daughter, and the Bad Guy's Minions, and the Lust Interest/Object of the Bad Guy's Quest, and the Weasely Thief.
And honestly, I don't care. If anything, that's one of the most appropriate to Howard bits in the film. Yes, Conan's tale has a few noteworthy NPCs, but most of them tend to blend together, and I've read a hell of a lot of Howard (and "Savage Sword," which probably contributes to the blending as well).
Mostly, it's just the best Sword and Sorcery film I've seen in many a year. It's fun. It's loud and and full of gratuitous violence and T&A. It's a throwback to the R-rated Barbarian films of the 80s that followed in the wake of the Arnie Conan, and that's fine by me.