John Milius, who was the inspiration for the Big Lebowski and was the person who thought the UFC ring should be an octagon has made some interesting movies. He is the person behind Red Dawn, Dillinger, Farewell to the King and more. His most famous and probably his most well known film however will always be Conan the Barbarian. Conan was known for three things: awesome swordplay and sorcery in barbarian times, Mako's narration and the film that shot Arnold Schwarzenegger into stardom. Yes it was with this film that made Arnold into the star he was (arguably it could also be Terminator). And while it spawned a crappy sequel and a weird crossover film, the original Conan the Barbarian is a classic action movie.
The story of Conan is a long one but quite easy to explain. When Conan was a young boy his parents were killed by evil men and he was sold into slavery. One day Conan becomes big and strong, finds a sword and dedicates his life to vengeance. In between he meets many different men and women, sorcerers and warriors but still keeps his one goal in mind, to find the people who killed his family.
Considering it was made in 1982 it does show its age a little compared to films nowadays. It also has some very slow moments and some seriously plodding along moments. But in the boredom is great writing surprisingly. Then again considering Oliver Stone wrote part of it that wouldn't surprise me. Its also worth noting that the acting, while cheesy to some people, in my opinion is really well done. Arnold is great, believable and considering this was before he was an actor or had very much experience he did quite well with it. Its also worth noting that the action and effects are really well done too. Everything is cheese but good cheese and well done cheese with good swordplay.
Though Arnold would go on to do better films, this one stands out as being his big debut and a really well made too. If you haven't seen it, give it a look. Its worth your time.
MY VERDICT: OWN IT