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From the "funny hats" school of fantasy, Red Sonja is the OTHER Conan film, in which Arnold plays Kalidor-who-is-not-Conan-we-swear. Why couldn't he be though? If you're going to have Arnold ex Machina every few scenes, he really should be playing Conan. (Answer: A rights problem.) So yeah, this does at time take away from the lead character's agency, but at least she gets tends to get the killing blow. Arnie is definitely second banana, and that's good. What's NOT so good is the wooden acting across the board, the terrible pacing issues as director Richard Fleischer never fails to linger on key sequences to rob them of their energy, and some muddled story telling, especially early on. Still, before your attention strays towards the end of any given sequence, they are interesting and even fun, and the film does a great job of creating a fantasy world, with great locations, builds and sets. Is Red Sonja a good movie? Not really. But it's the sort of goofy amusement you get from similar cult classics like Conan the Destroyer and Masters of the Universe.
I don't think anyone in this movie can act. The screenplay is riddled with tone-deaf dialogue. And yet... I really rather enjoyed it.
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This movie ranks #127 in Butler's Fantasy Cinema: Impossible Worlds on Screen
This movie ranks #238 in Marshall Julius's Action! The Action Movie A-Z