I thought it was straight forward and unpretentious for the content it was supposed to present. almost everybody has seen the original with Arnold and its gonna be a comparison for most of us that saw the original. from that standpoint it wasn't bad. to be critical this conan falls way short of the character in the comics and thats basically what didn't do it for me. I think this actor is too much of a pretty boy to fill the role. i refer to it as a metrosexual conan. but the direction and plot are good. I am able to watch the original conan over and over when the mood suits me. but I don't think i will be watching this over or buying it for my itunes library. For a Matinee, it meets my expectations. so for you conan fans. go for the matinee but keep u expectations realistic.