Solomon Kane, the movie(2009), presents an intriguing version of the original based on Robert E Howard’s classic.
In a sense, the movie Kane is more psychologically consistent.
The background story given him explains his motivation amply, although it changes the conflicted and tormented look of him we get from the stories.
His humanity is accentuated through his relationship with the good Puritan family in the movie, a feature utterly lacking in the original stories. There he is shown to have friends, allies but they are always addressed in the context of his mission.
The magical/supernatural elements are properly dispayed in the movie as well, although the famous staff of Kane is conspicuously missing, the producers were probably hoping to rectify it with a sequel that is not planned at this point.
The movie could have benfitted from being turned into a mini series. Too many events were crammed into it, making it somewhat long and perhaps for that reason less popular with the viewers.
The setting was often appropriately Gothic, except where it was appropriate pastoral to highlight the Puritan element.
The actor playing Solomon, James Purefoy, also known to us from the Following, was a powerful presence, dynamic and, equally important here, with a resonant voice.
Overall though, the movie differed from the original in more than one respect.
The “real” Solomon seemingly failed to find his redemption, had a different, less defined family history, and, honestly, a less attractive appearance.
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To some degree, Solomon is made more human in the film.
The story Kane, is a different matter.
Despite fighting for humans all of his life, he has remained as alienated from them as the Elder gods written about by Howard’s best friend and mentor H P Lovecraft.
But with my usual disclaimer, don’t expect the same, expect a different version loosely based on the original, the movie was actually very decent on its own.