Information for Parents
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Violent, muddy, but spirited movie from classic pulp tales.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Solomon Kane is a dark fantasy adventure movie with lots of violent fighting and action. It's based on pulp stories written in the 1920s and 1930s by Robert E. Howard, who also created Conan the Barbarian. Nonstop fantasy violence includes fighting with swords, slicing, slashing, and spurting blood, as well as monsters, crucifixion, and kidnapped women. The main character also drinks to total drunkenness in a moment of despair. Language isn't very strong but contains uses of "Christ" and "God" (both reverential and non-reverential) and "hell" and "damn."
- Families can talk about Solomon Kane's intense violence. Was violence this strong necessary to tell this kind of story? How does it compare to what you've seen in other fantasy movies, or horror movies?
- Solomon's journey requires him to choose violence after a life of peace and spirituality. Why was this choice necessary? Was there any other possibility for him?
- Is Solomon a role model? By the end of the movie, is he someone you'd like to emulate or someone you feel sorry for?
- It seems that "evil" is everywhere in the world of this movie. How does the world of the movie compare with our own? Is evil easy or difficult to define?
The good stuff
Positive messages: Solomon Kane has the message that, for its hero, it's impossible to live a life of peace and spirituality. He must embark upon a life of fighting and violence to protect good people. Apparently, there's no middle ground.
Positive role models: Solomon Kane is a fun pulp hero, torn between his vow of living a peaceful, spiritual life and the necessity of fighting and standing up for what's right. Though he's a skilled fighter, he only chooses violence as a last resort. He's a genuinely good, respectful, and helpful person, aside from a bout of heavy drinking.
What to watch for
Violence: Very strong comic book-style violence, with lots of sword fighting, stabbing, slicing, spurting blood, and severed limbs (and heads). Also some guns and shooting. Several of the bad guys are monsters, both humanoid and giant-sized, who sometimes attack suddenly and frighteningly. The main character is crucified, with nails pounded through his wrists. Scary flashbacks and dreams. Women are attacked, bullied, and kidnapped. A burned village is shown, with dead, charred victims; other characters are set on fire.
Sexy stuff: Not really an issue, except that the young female lead is presented as beautiful and desirable; there seems to be some chemistry between her and the hero, though nothing ever happens between them.
Language: "Damn" and "hell" are used. "God" and "Christ" are mentioned several times, but mostly in reverential terms.
Consumerism: Not an issue
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Thinking he has failed and that his mission is over, the distraught hero gets sloppy drunk in a tavern.