Best movie ever!
It is an exhilarating, distressing, funny and profound film, with one of the more memorable film scores in years,
While it doesn't offer any answers, it both thrills and makes you think.
It is encouraging that the film ends so strongly.Otherwise, it wouldn't have been a particularly memorable film
Arnold, said later in life it wasn't pleased with his Conan years, because his English wasn't good. Well, it was perfect for me when I saw this movie at an impressionable 11 years of age.I was an HBO child and turned off my Nintendo only to watch S&S flicks on HBO.This was one of those that earned the power off every time via TV Guide.I gave it a reduction in stars for corny (man-in-a-ape-suit) special effects, and a much to be desired smoke bird depiction. However, the choreography in combat and beyond beautiful females are par excellence. Even the thief comic relief manages to look cool in conveying in the ruckus, and Conan is an equal opportunity employer!I loved the fact that white & black barbarians worked in concert with an asian wizard to win in unity.We need more of that today.The big dopey monster at the end is a gas, but kinda stupid, so another star comes off. I think the film makers went too far in concept and not far enough in physical reality, but it is a personal favorite I cherish.
Conan (Arnold Schwarzenegger) leads a ragtag group of adventurers on a quest for a princess.When John Milius, director of "Conan the Barbarian", proved to be unavailable to direct the sequel, Dino De Laurentiis suggested Richard Fleischer to his daughter Raffaella De Laurentiis, who was producing Conan the Destroyer. Fleischer had already made "Barabbas" (1961) and "Mandingo" (1975) for Dino De Laurentiis. Yes, this is from the same guy who gave us "Mandingo"! From the first film, the violence and such was toned down, dropping from an R to a PG. Some would say this hurt the film, but I think it might actually be better. It makes it more fun and definitely more of a comic book or pulp story. Despite decreased sales, it apparently was good enough that they moved ahead with a part three (which was shelved, then reworked into "Kull") and "Red Sonja".
I liked "Conan the Destroyer" almost as much as the first of the film series ("Conan the Barbarian"). I just miss Valeria being with Conan, she died in the first movie. Otherwise, I enjoyed this film.Grace Jones was a perfect addition to this film - she was extremely popular at the time - and well suited to play the part of Zula. Tracey Walter (Malak) gave some comical relief in the film. The role of Princess Jehnna seemed tailored to fit Olivia D'Abo.The script was good for a sword and sorcery movie and I liked it very much. A good follow-up to the first film.Movie Plug: King Conan is due out December 2015 which is the third part of this film series. Our very own Arnold Schwarzenegger will play Conan once again.9/10
I have been captivated by Conan's heroic fantasy world for many years. For this reason alone I am rating this film as 6/10. Do not expect a continuation of the first Conan film. 'Conan The Destroyer' is too light in its scope and Conan is not the same man anymore. The villains are also not as menacing.Having said that it was good to see Grace Jones and Sarah Douglas and also Conan's companions had good lines and were very funny at times.As a side note I found the adjective 'Destroyer' in the title quite misleading and unfortunate. For those of us that read the Conan novels we see Conan driven by his own motivations, and fighting his battles only if he had to and not for the sake of destroying. The film distributors could have picked something else to promote the movie.