Yet another review of the Solomon Kane movie: French Howardist Miguel Martins weighs in and it's not pretty. M. Martins has written a very insightful post both on the film, which he saw after its release in France late last year, and on the character of Solomon Kane. Most damning of all his criticisms is not that Solomon Kane isn't true to Howard's texts -- though that'd be enough for me -- but that it's not a particularly good movie even in its own right. I wish I could say I'm surprised.
What is it about Robert E. Howard that makes Hollywood want to tell its own stories with his characters rather presenting the ones he himself wrote? I'm sure there are other authors whose works have repeatedly suffered as much as Howard's have but I'm hard pressed to think of any at the moment.