Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)

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8.0 Overall Score
Story: 7/10
Acting: 8/10
Visuals: 9/10

Great visuals, good characters

Story doesn't live up to characters or visuals

 
Movie Info

Movie Name: Hellboy II:  The Golden Army

Studio: Dark Horse Entertainment

Genre(s): Comic Book/Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Action/Adventure

Release Date(s): July 11, 2008

MPAA Rating: PG-13

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So seen anything interesting lately?

Hellboy (Ron Perlman) and the BPRD are back and this time they are facing another mythical threat that could destroy the world. When Hellboy’s identity is finally revealed to the world, Hellboy finds that the people he loved might not love him. Liz (Selma Blair) tries to deal with her relationship with Hellboy and has a new complication. When an elf prince named Nuada (Luke Goss) kills his father and threatens to awaken the Golden Army to wage war on the human race, only his twin sister Nuala (Anna Walton) can stop him. Seeking the BPRD for help, will Hellboy destroy the world or save it?

Hellboy II: The Golden Army was once again directed by Guillermo del Toro and based on Mike Mignola’s comic books. The movie was a bit better received than its predecessor and had pretty big box office turn out before being crushed by the release of The Dark Knight the next weekend.  The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Makeup.

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We are trying to regain our kingdom! Wait is this Game of Thrones or Hellboy…I kind of forget

Initially, I was a bit indifferent to Hellboy II but have softened upon seeing it again. I don’t think all the humor works and I feel it still has a lot of problems of the first film. It has more of a series feel with inside jokes that aren’t understood (but don’t necessarily need to be understood) between all the characters. The humor just doesn’t always work and Hellboy seems so invulnerable that it makes fighting pointless because he’ll win. Prince Nuada is more of a threat to Hellboy that the characters of the original film, but I still don’t see any reason that Hellboy won’t save the day.

Guillermo’s vision of Hellboy still looks fantastic. The movie has a great gothic feel with all the sets and creature designs. The battle with the elemental really feels almost like a Japanese animation film like Princess Mononoke while things like the Golden Army almost feel like steampunk. It is this wide variety that helps work to make Hellboy unique and interesting.

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Neat…I’m fighting Tik-Tok from Oz

Ron Perlman makes Hellboy. I don’t necessarily love him in everything, but he works in this film. His unique look makes Hellboy almost match the chunky art of Mike Mignola from the comic and he is backed up by a great supporting cast with Selma Blair as his frustrated girlfriend, Abe Sapien played by Doug Jones as his fish friend, his old boss Jeffrey Tambor trumped by his new boss Johann Krauss (voiced by Seth McFarland).

Hellboy and Hellboy II were fun movies, though they never reached the awesomeness I hoped for that equalled their visuals. There is still talk of a Hellboy 3 since Hellboy 2 ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, but as of yet, Ron Perlman and Guillermo del Toro have yet to make any move on it.

Related Links:

Hellboy (2004)

Hellboy Animated:  Sword of Storms (2006)

Hellboy Animated:  Blood and Iron (2007)

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