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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Hellboy 2

I don't know what it is about film director Guillermo del Toro, but he's yet to produce a film that I haven't enjoyed. Mimic, Blade 2, the amazing Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy and now Hellboy 2.
Hellboy 2 takes the main characters from the original and moves the story along a good deal further, explaining a bit more of Hellboy's past and pointing in the direction of his future, but at it's heart it's just a love story. Sure, it's hidden in a spectacular fantasy action film, but it's just a simple 'boy meets girl, boy and girl get together, boy and girl figure out how to live with each other' tale.
Ron Perlman and Selma Blair are excellent actors who you don't see a great deal of. They have genuine chemistry on screen, and there's one scene in particular where Hellboy and Abe get drunk that had me laughing like mad.
Being a Del Toro movie, the special effects and CGI is spectacular, and the creatures featured in the movie are way better than anything normally seen these days from Hollywood. He even manages to squeeze in a token 'environmental monster' without it feeling too forced.
I think a third and final installment is most definitely in order and would round the series off nicely, preferably with the same cast and crew.

I look forward to seeing his version of The Hobbit.

8/10 - Even The Demon enjoyed it.


Löst Jimmy said...

100% Agreed Inchy, this was an outstanding movie night out. I am a bit biased about del Toro's work but Hellboy 2 is just the most amazing film of high adventure you are ever likely to see in front of the big screen. Like you I was laughing out loud at the drunk scene. And I haven't felt so good coming out a picturehouse in a very long time. Top Notch.

Steve said...

I really liked Hellboy 1 but felt it tailed off towards the end... lost some of its darkness. Sounds like no.2 hits all the right buttons.