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The 2004 film adaptation of the Mike Mignola comics directed and written by Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro.

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Oh, hell yes.

  • May 31, 2011
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**** out of ****

I suppose we have "Blade II" to thank for the existence of Guillermo Del Toro's screen adaptation of "Hellboy". That film lead to this one; providing Del Toro with enough money to make his dream project come true. Real filmmakers have real dreams; and "Hellboy" would be a pretty big one for just about any filmmaker. But Del Toro's imagination is limitless, and he doesn't let the studio, the producers, or the money stop him from making one of the fondest movie-watching memories I shall have from the modern age.

"Hellboy" is just-plain-fun. Let's just say that. But there can be masterpieces of "fun", and believe it or not, this is one of them. Funny, clever, and inventive all at the same time, Del Toro's film is a visually striking and well-made adaptation of Mike Mignola's popular comic book series. This is what a comic book movie should be. Fun...accessible...interesting...and intelligent. But few comic book movies can be like "Hellboy", because few directors can be like Guillermo Del Toro. I find solace in both the story and the visual material found in the film; and that makes it all the more wonderful, for me, in terms of personal enjoyment.

The film begins with a sneak attack on a secret Nazi base, which lies somewhere off the coast of Scotland, and it is World War II (so essentially, we get some good alternate history here). The Nazis have built a portal that shall grant them access to some other paranormal realm beyond human grasp and understanding. When the American soldiers attack, they foil the plans, and along with Professor Trevor Broom (John Hurt), they stop the portal from running its course; but not until it takes the Russian Mystic, Grigori Rasputin, along with it.

In the aftermath, Broom is injured, but he discovers that something may have come through the portal before it closed. As it turns out, something did; and that something was a red, impish creature that takes an almost instant liking to Broom after he offers it -you guessed it- a candy-bar of Baby Ruth. He adopts the creature as his son, and names him Hellboy (Ron Perlman).

Hellboy's discovery was the dawn of a new beginning. Soon, Broom is at the head of a top-secret, monster/paranormal being-fighting organization called the BPRD. Hellboy is taken care of by one of the agents, although a new one is transferred, and his name is John T. Myers (Rupert Evans). Hellboy fights monsters alongside Abe Sapien (Doug Jones, along with the voice work of David Hyde Pierce), some agents, and his red-right hand of stone.

Rasputin returns from the grave, and reincarnates the demonic "hell hound" Sammael, who causes Hellboy a load of trouble. But what is Rasputin's aim for when he is making his return? Why is he back from beyond the grave? This isn't really revealed until the finale, which is satisfactory, dramatic, and in some instances, very epic.

The story is simple, but it has its charms; one of them being the characters. Each one leaps from the comic pages on to the screen with inspiration, invention, and glee. This comes to show that Del Toro is not merely talented as a visualizer; but also a story-teller and a characterizer. Of course, the comic-book style of the film may not agree with everyone, but to fans of the comic and fans of imaginative filmmaking, this one's a real, genuine winner.

And then there's Ron Perlman as Hellboy. Let me tell you; this guy has found his role; his character. Perlman really isn't the best actor out there, but here, he seems to be enjoying his role as only few performers can. Perhaps Del Toro is behind the magic; he provides a script that makes the Hellboy character funny, believable, and even believable. There are moments in the film that touched the themes of being a "freak" or being "different", and I certainly appreciated that. I'm open to films as wildly imaginative, wildly ambitious, and wildly successful as "Hellboy". I love it, some will not, but it's a damn fine production all-the-same. And yes, it's a personal classic for me.

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May 31, 2011
Liked the film in theaters and I loved the director's cut since it solved some of the minor pacing issues. This stands as one of my favorite comic book adaptations to date.
 
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Quick Tip by . August 26, 2009
Not as dark or funny as Mignola's comic books, but entertaining nonetheless. Del Toro's vision is impressive if not conducive to the comics.
review by . May 06, 2009
This movie was highly entertaining though a little hard to follow. Not being familiar with the comics, may have been the reason for my difficulties in following the plot. Hellboy is found during a raid on a Nazi operation near the end of the war. The Nazi's, with the aid of Rasputin (yes, The Rasputin from Russia) are trying to rig a contraption and open up a rift in a type of Hell and loose demons on Earth. The plot is foiled but the soldiers discover Hellboy. He is brought back and raised in secret …
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review by . January 01, 2005
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The theatrical cut was good, four stars. But now, thanks to the added minutes, the story and the characters get the time to develop the way they should have. The love story between Liz and Hellboy finally makes sense, the dark forces receive more depth and the humor hits you harder because you finally get the time to laugh without fearing to lose the story. Mignola did wonderful work with the comic books. His art and storytelling are splendid. G.del Toro obviously respects and loves the comics and …
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In the ongoing deluge of comic-book adaptations, Hellboy ranks well above average. Having turned down an offer to helm Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in favor of bringing Hellboy's origin story to the big screen, the gifted Mexican director Guillermo del Toro compensates for the excesses of Blade II with a moodily effective, consistently entertaining action-packed fantasy, beginning in 1944 when the mad monk Rasputin--in cahoots with occult-buff Hitler and his Nazi thugs--opens a transdimensional portal through which a baby demon emerges, capable of destroying the world with his powers. Instead, the aptly named Hellboy is raised by the benevolent Prof. Bloom, founder of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, whose allied forces enlist the adult Hellboy (Ron Perlman, perfectly cast) to battle evil at every turn. While nursing a melancholy love for the comely firestarter Liz (Selma Blair), Hellboy files his demonic horns ("to fit in," says Bloom) and wreaks havoc on the bad guys. The action is occasionally routine (the movie suffers when compared to the similar X-Men blockbusters), but del Toro and Perlman have honored Mike Mignola's original Dark Horse comics with a lavish and loyal interpretation, retaining the amusing and sympathetic quirks of character that made the comic-book Hellboy a pop-culture original. He's red as a lobster, puffs stogies like Groucho Marx, and fights the good fight with a kind but troubled heart. What's ...

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