Saturday, May 03, 2008

One Sentence Movie Reviews: "Iron Man," "Conan the Barbarian," "Conan the Destroyer"

Iron Man (2008)
Robert Downey Jr.'s brilliant performance, seamless special effects, and a deep-enough but not pretentious script make this latest entry in the comic book superhero genre a winner.

Conan the Barbarian (1982)
Although I suppose there is a "philosophical" undertone to the movie -- Conan as Nietzschean superman -- in the end it's just a movie about musclemen hacking each other to bits with swords, and there's nothing wrong with that.

Conan the Destroyer (1984)
This sequel isn't true to the "barbaric" spirit of the Conan books, comic books, and first movie, but it's reasonably successful on its own terms as a lightweight sword-and-sorcery action flick.

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