|Directed by:||Guillermo Del Toro|
|Written by:||Guillermo Del Toro|
|Cast:||Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Luke Goss, Doug Jones, Jeffrey Tambor|
Amazing visuals, a plethora of engaging characters and a plethora of action and comedy is what you will get with Hellboy II, and for me, I can very few complaints. For me, seeing the Hellboy character again, the big cigar smoking, somewhat defiant, defender of evil forces, grace the screen was the true appeal of this second film, as I loved his beer-guzzling persona from the first film, along with his big gawky build and his awesome rock-fisted arm that fends off baddies. His crew of helpers, his cute girlfriend and fellow superhero Liz, along with the aquatic mastermind Abe Sapien, was all part of the fun as well. I like how these heroís are freaks, but they do good for the world anyways, and are appealing because they still care, while being humorous, full of energy and feeling overall like a ďleagueĒ of buddies! Watching Hellboy and Abe sing to old love tunes while guzzliní beers and witnessing Hellboy joke around during ďseriousĒ fights or death defying experiences makes this film what it is, a fun time that isnít afraid to be silly while kicking ass! For me, the sub-plot of Hellboy and Lizís relationship problems was engaging and fun, while Abeís quest for love also is handled well and I appreciated the filmmakers giving him more screen time! The visuals, including a massive jellybean turned killer tree, a human shaped rock that forms into an underground city, an troll metropolis full of freaks and monsters, as well as countless other creatures and things that crawl, walk and fly are in mass quantities in this film, and make the movie a thrill to watch unfold. A quick pace, plenty of laughs and action at every turns also helped keep things more than enagaging.
The story is decent, as I mentioned above, and still watchable, however the main baddy in this film, the mystical Johann and his quest to take over the world, I only bought some of the time. Why does this guy want to destroy everything so bad? Because humans donít appreciate anything? Why didnít he speak up sooner? Why now? Many questions could have been answered, but even more annoying was how passive Johann was, being in situations many times in which he could have taken more control, yet decided to talk and convince more than kill, yet wants to destroy the world!? I donít get it. Anyways, the ending also just seemed like a bunch of unnecessary action and tomfoolery for a fairly predictable, easy to fix problem, as we know at about the halfway point of Johannís weakness, clearing giving away how this thing would end! The film also could have delivered a bit more wit and spunk in terms of characterís dialogue, but didnít deliver anything memorable, even though it was all still fun!
Overall, a few hiccups in the story, in particular the bad guy and his role, but I was able to forgive this as the rest of the film, including its fun characters, effective subplots, plethora of visual goodness and a quick, peppy runtime full of action and laughs, delivered. If you dug the first film, you should have some fun with Hellboy II! A worthy sequel that offers plenty to like.