Hellboy 2 - The Golden Army

Hellboy 2 - The Golden Army

What he said:


Think of this movie as an adventure film and not an action film. It's most Ghostbusters than Underworld. I know it's based on a comic, so you may be thinking action, but trust me; these movies are more adventure/comedy than action.

I remember enjoying the first one quite a bit. My only complaint about it was the ending was a little anti-climatic. I have to say I felt the same way about parts of this movie as well. At times, the action gets a little "ho-hum" if you know what I mean. I think it is a classic case of trying to make everything bigger and louder than the original. Aside from that they are quite fun.

In this movie, we get to see much more variety in the types of ghosts, goblins, and ghouls. The first one was a mere sample compared to this one. There are some truly awesome costumes/effets in this movie. Guillermo del Toro has a pretty wild imagination and he works well with his creative teams to make that come to life on-screen. Whether it is Mr. Wink, Prince Nuada, the Angel of Death or one of the countless creatures in this movie, they all really express the vivid imagination of del Toro.

Ron Perlman is once again fantastic as the clumsy, mischievous, but surprisingly sensitive son of Satan; Hellboy. The character of Hellboy is really why these movies are so fun. He's a big oaf who has a very "shoot first, ask later" way of doing things. But then he has his unexpected soft spots; cats for example. He also simply wants to fit in despite the fact he's a massive red creature with filed down horns on his head.

The supporting cast is also fairly well-done for the most part. Selma Blair is on par with the original as Hellboy's girlfriend, Liz Sherman. She’s a little moody, but you can’t really blame her when you see how Hellboy lives. Doug Jones fills in (the voice, always wore the suit) for David Hyde-Pierce. Not only does he sound very similar, he captures Abe’s sensitivity very well. Also, his scene with Perlman in which the two are pounding a few back and discussing their lady problems (all while listening to Barry Manilow) is hilarious. Jeffrey Tambor returns as Director Manning and is once again butting heads with Hellboy. This time he has some help with new character Johann Krauss.

Rating: Thumbs up.

This movie review was completed sometime in September 7, 2010.

What she said:


Hellboy 2 is a good time for all audiences. Visually, the movie is spectacular. Mindblowingly amazing costumes, vivid colors, just amazing looking. The storyline is pretty strong, although it’s also fairly basic, but that works because you do not have to have seen the first movie to view and enjoy this one.

Hellboy is son of the devil, but he’s been commissioned by the government to fight bad guys. The problem is that they want to keep him on the DL, and Hellboy is having none of it. He intentionally outs himself to the world because he wants to be revered. What he doesn’t realize is that people are not always as accepting as they seem. This is an interesting subplot, which might carry over to future Hellboy movies, but was not the main plot of the film. That revolves around an invincible army that is threatened to be unleashed. That is, unless Hellboy and his colleagues are able to save the day.

Of course they do. I don’t think that’s much of a spoiler. It’s a fun, and funny trip to get there. For me, the movie breezed by pretty quickly, and there were lots of smiles and laughs. Guillermo del Toro is a movie genius, and I love his artistic style. The Hellboys are some of his best movies, in addition to Pan’s Labyrinth.

Diagnosis: Thumbs up.