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Hellboy II: The Golden Army


Directed by: Guillermo Del Toro
Written by: Guillermo Del Toro
Cast: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Luke Goss, Doug Jones, Jeffrey Tambor
Studio: Universal Pictures
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Official Site: www.hellboymovie.com
Plot: After an ancient truce existing between humankind and the invisible realm of the fantastic is broken, hell on Earth is ready to erupt. A ruthless leader who treads the world above and the one below defies his bloodline and awakens an unstoppable army of creatures. Now, it’s up to the planet’s toughest, roughest superhero to battle the merciless dictator and his marauders. He may be red. He may be horned. He may be misunderstood. But when you need the job done right, it’s time to call in Hellboy (Ron Perlman). Along with his expanding team in the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense—pyrokinetic girlfriend Liz (Selma Blair), aquatic empath Abe (Doug Jones) and protoplasmic mystic Johann—the BPRD will travel between the surface strata and the unseen magical one, where creatures of fantasy become corporeal. And Hellboy, a creature of two worlds who’s accepted by neither, must choose between the life he knows and an unknown destiny that beckons him.


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 hero’s 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 “league” of buddies! Watching Hellboy and Abe sing to old love tunes while guzzlin’ beers and witnessing Hellboy joke around during “serious” fights or death defying experiences makes this film what it is, a fun time that isn’t afraid to be silly while kicking ass! For me, the sub-plot of Hellboy and Liz’s relationship problems was engaging and fun, while Abe’s 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 don’t appreciate anything? Why didn’t 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 don’t 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 Johann’s weakness, clearing giving away how this thing would end! The film also could have delivered a bit more wit and spunk in terms of character’s dialogue, but didn’t 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.

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