Tuesday, September 21, 2010

"Let me tell you of the days of high adventure!"

I just finished reading the definitive collection of Robert E. Howard's Conan works. Conan is a bit of an acquired taste for those of us raised today on The Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter, but long before either of these franchises were even out of the box, Howard's sandaled Cimmerian was winning damsels and slaying fell beasts in all manner of daring-do and far-flung tales! Good stuff!

Re-watched Conan the Barbarian to boot; and I can honestly say there are quality fantasy films that predate the current batch of the last decade (see also: Willow (Special Edition)). It's not for children and strays from the source material, but the film has great emotion – it's felt more than understood – and champions the idea that less is more, as compared to most of the bloated ideas that float around in movies today. Fine performances are delivered by James Earl Jones and the Governator both, (with solid bit players rounding out the cast in an unobtrusive way). It's great kindling to get the fire going in anticipation for D&D too! (Though, for those of you playing the at-home version, don't go watching if you think it will give anything away in my on-going game. Cause it won't! ;)

"I give you this!"