Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Solomon Kane



When I saw the trailer for the movie, I had guarded hopes. While it may be slightly better than Van Helsing, the movie nonetheless suffers from bad cgi (as I feared based on what they show in the trailer) and a plotline cut with the Hollywood blockbuster cookie cutter. (No wonder it hasn't been picked up by an American distributor yet?) It seemed like there were some anachronisms and inaccuracies--Solomon Kane is a puritan but for a while he recuperates and does penance at what appears to be a Catholic monastery. There isn't enough sectarian animosity and division in the movie? I don't know much about the original source material, and have a limited acquaintance with the recent comic books, but if Solomon Kane is historical fantasy, the movie is more fantasy than historical. (The look of his family's castle, for instance.)

I also wanted his religious "conversion" to be a strong element in the story, but that's probably too much to expect. The "theology" of Solomon Kane isn't much better than that of the WB's Supernatural, even though the source material is much older. (So how faithful is the movie to the source material in that regard?)

I was hoping for something more along the lines of Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter. That sort of realism coupled with horror and swashbuckling adventure -- that movie could only be made during the 70s?



Solomon Kane was intended to be the first in a trilogy, but the next two may never get made (even if the economy were good)? I could be overestimating the importance of the US market--the movie did well in the UK and Europe?

2 comments:

Taranaich said...

I also wanted his religious "conversion" to be a strong element in the story, but that's probably too much to expect. The "theology" of Solomon Kane isn't much better than that of the WB's Supernatural, even though the source material is much older. (So how faithful is the movie to the source material in that regard?)

The source material never gave an origin story for Solomon Kane: there's nothing about being an evil pirate, hunted by death, and having to atone for his evil ways. There isn't anything about him spending time in a Catholic monastery either. Most of the theology in the film is an invention of the filmmaker.

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