I have been waiting for Solomon Kane to come out for four years.
Which just isn’t fair, since it’s been out since 2009. I don’t know the full details, something about regional releases, blah blah blah.
Anyway, it’s pretty good.
Solomon Kane is an ex-scumbag Puritan who finds himself set to rescue the daughter of a family who took him in while on the road. I’m not spoiling anything there, because you know they’re not long for the world the moment you see them. Kind of like anyone with even the slightest inkling of a moral compass in the Song of Ice and Fire.
The action is well done, with plenty of sword fighting and musket wielding. The villains are all plenty nasty and in particular I liked the design for the big bad at the end. Overall, it’s pretty over the top, but I mean, come on, this came from the same guy who wrote Conan the Barbarian.
What I like is the way they do the dark anti-hero. He starts off as a horrible, disgusting person who really seems like he should be over in the corner twiddling his mustache. By the time he picks up his sword again, he’s weary of all the things he’s done and must continue to do. He literally accepts the damnation of his soul to see the right thing done. He’s not exactly an anti hero so much as a man learning to be good, who unleashes the bad man within on anyone who gets in his way.