I wanted to see this film because I love a good warrior movie and I must admit, as a female viewer I was curious to see Jason Momoa in the role of Conan. Unfortunately, I was completely turned off by his character’s sexist comments and condescending demeanor toward his love interest, Tamara. I was also disappointed by her character who comes across as rather uninteresting: while she is not dumb, neither is she particularly clever, and while she can defend herself, she can’t really fight.
I didn’t like that Tamara doesn’t really put up a fight when Conan talks down to her, or the fact that she doesn’t even try to escape when he holds her prisoner. That makes absolutely no sense. No woman in her right mind would stick around someone, especially a stranger, who is so disrespectful and condescending (particularly one who stuffs her mouth to shut her up), no matter how good looking.
I appreciate strong female characters and I could not identify with her at all, who is mostly helpless. I would have liked her to have more spunk, more personality and more of an active role. Nor did I find her relationship with Conan believable; there’s no chemistry between the two. They are both very one-dimensional and a rather boring match. Actually, the character of Tamara is a bit more likable than Conan, who is downright despicable. I’m sorry to say the only thing I liked about the main character is the actor.
As for the story line, well, there is none: it’s completely predictable from beginning to end and very poorly written. Sure there are great special effects and action sequences, but as far as I’m concerned, when there’s no substance, I soon tire of the artifice.
Making this movie was a waste of time, money and talent. I’d rather watch Game of Thrones a hundred times over. At least in it, both the characters of Drogo and Daeneris have personality, courage and depth. And it’s enjoyable to watch.