The first teaser trailer for the upcoming Conan the Barbarian reboot was kind of a disaster, although to be fair, it wasn’t necessarily an indicator of how good or bad the movie might be, but rather an indicator of how incompetent Lionsgate’s marketing department is. It barely provided any actual footage from the movie, and instead showed brief flashes of images as glimpsed through flickering flames. This week the first theatrical trailer has arrived online and you know what… it actually doesn’t look too bad. I’m not necessarily blown away, but hey, I’ll probably see it at the drive-in.
It’s been interesting watching Jason Momoa play a very similar character on HBO’s Game of Thrones over the last few weeks. His character is pretty badass on that show, but I think it has a lot to do with the fact that he literally has no lines of dialogue. In this trailer, the few times he actually opens his mouth I can’t help but cringe. Say what you will about Arnold Schwarzenegger and his Austrian accent, but at least when he talks, he commands the screen. The other thing I’m not crazy about is all the cheap-looking CGI… at times it feels a bit like The Mummy, which in my mind is not a good thing. It might be passable but it doesn’t seem nearly epic enough. Conan the Barbarian hits theatres on August 19th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.