Conan the Barbarian is a film I appreciate more every time I watch it. The first time I saw this film I must admit I was underwhelmed. I was expecting a hilarious film from beginning to end, a movie that I could laugh at. With repeated viewings I've come to realize that this may be as close to the essence of pulp fantasy writing as we may get onscreen.
The key is the film's commitment to a serious tone despite…