I am not a comic book super hero fan nor did the first Hell Boy made aparticularly good impression on me. I suppose the reason I went to seeHell Boy II is for the fact Guillermo del Toro, the director of Pan'sLabyrinth is directing the movie, and hence, there would be interestingfantasy characters.
The movie sets thestory with the bedtime story read to young Red: the origination of theGolden Army. I thought the depiction of the war using wooden figurinesworked well. I guess I am a bit tired of almost real computergenerated human figures and blood gushing out all over the screen.
The story then catapults into the present day and story unfolds.
Asin the first movie, I didn't find any attraction to the maincharacters. Hell Boy did his normal machismo thing and the interactionamong the characters seem pretty predictable. I didn't quiteappreciate their sense of humor either, although one of the audiencesat the theater almost fell out of her seat laughing in one scene whereRed and Abe Sapien does a little duo.
Whatmade this moive intersting to me were the other characters, which Iguess is the work of Guillermo del Toro. The strange elves, kind ofreminiscent of first Star Wars characters, the ogre disguised as a cuteold lady and her appetite for cats but fear of birds, the landscapethat morphes into something you used imagine as kids.
Likein all super hero movies, there are supposed good and evil, but only onsurface, IMHO. When you think about good and evil is blurred by whichside you are on, like in most of the wars that are fought in our pastand present days.
The main charactersstrive to be part of the human world and strive for their acceptanceand love, but time to time they are rejected and ridiculed. This isprobably what the aliens of this nation felt when the times were tough:WW II, 9/11. And probably this is a foreshadowing of dark future tocome in Hell Boy III, if there is one.
I saw Hellboy II: The Golden Army when it first came out on DVD. I originally planned to see it in theaters, but was unable to due to work. When I finally did get to see it, I was charmed by its perfect blend of humor, action, and brilliant creatures. Now I am finally getting around to reviewing it. The film opens with a young Hellboy (portrayed by Montse Ribe) being told the legend of the Golden Army, an indestructible army created by a goblin for … more
I wasn't crazy about Hellboy. This sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army [Blu-ray]is a bit better, but still suffers from similar problems. The special effects - trolls, elves, etc - just didn't look that realistic to me. The plot was again pretty silly, but at least the villains were better. If you liked Hellboy, you'll probably like Hellboy II: The Golden Army [Blu-ray] better. If you didn't like the first one, this one's probably not worth your time.
Guillermo del Toro is the perfect director to bring the characters and events of Mike Mignola's horror comic Hellboy to the big screen, and manages here in the sequel to the mostly satisfying Hellboy to create a fully realized and seamless vision of a fantastic underworld that overlaps with the everyday. Del Toro's unique sensibility, that combines a strong sense of whimsy and a keen eye for the macabre, matches precisely the story of an orphaned demon from Hell, raised by a kind-hearted gentleman … more
I loved the original "Hellboy", it was quite a good translation (but he looks more human in the movie) to the highly successful comic series by Mike Mignola. The original film was scrappy, clever, comical, slimy, action-packed but above all, it had Heart and Soul. The original was a movie about destiny and choices; "What makes a man a man?" Boy, that is one awesome phrase. This summer's sequel, "HELLBOY 2: The Golden Army" may have all the original film's qualities … more
Now my feelings are quite different towards the first Hellboy film. I have to admit that although it did have its moments, I found myself becoming bored during the movie. The action sequences were the only relief I felt as when we entered into the emotion sequences I simply found my mind drifting. Guillermo Del Toro's work was completely alien to me until the first Hellboy, now although I did enjoy the original I didn't have many high hopes for the sequel. I guess when he entered into the Hellboy … more
Fans of dark fantasy movies will definitely like this one. If you take Pan's Labyrinth and add more creatures, and then give it an injection of humor, and sprinkle some Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, some Fantastic Four, and a little Lord of the Rings, and last of all let Neil Gaiman put the finishing touches, you'll probably get Hellboy II or a reasonable facsimile thereof. Short Attention Span Summary (SASS): 1. Humans and mythical … more
Here we have the sequel to the first Hellboy film. It's one of those rare sequels that exceeds the original in almost every way. The acting is quite good, the makeup and costumes are spectacular (and will probably get an Oscar nomination). The pacing is great, and the story is reasonably compelling. All of this, however, takes a backseat for me when compared to the incredibly beautiful scenes put up onto the screen by director Guillermo del Toro. Here is a man who, as previously … more
Before going to see HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY, my wife and I sat down a re-watched the original HELLBOY with our 15 year old daughter, because she had not seen it. I truly enjoyed seeing the original film again after a few years, and was once again quite interested in the trials and triumphs of "Red", "Blue," "Liz" and all the others. So the next night, we went to see HELLBOY II, and frankly, I was nearly blown away. It's a far superior movie. Everything the first film … more
On my spare time, I love to see and experience new things; hence traveling and eating are one of my favorite things to do. I like abstract art (love Mark Rothko's works), classical music, interior design, … more
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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.