Saturday, May 03, 2008

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


Iron Man (2008)
8/10
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)
7/10
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)
7/10
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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