Running Time: 1 hr. 50 min.
Release Date: July 11th, 2008 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and some language.
Distributors: Universal Pictures Distribution
Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
JJ Rating: B+
When an ancient treaty is broken between mankind and those that are not human, problems start happening and the only people that can stop it are those that aren’t really people to begin with. Hellboy II: The Golden Army.
Hellboy II has something that makes it interesting as a story and a movie that other superhero movies have as well, but because Hellboy is different it makes it unique enough to not have to be compared to other superheroes from D.C. or Marvel. Sometimes it’s easy to watch superhero movies and compare because they have similarities that give one the ability to do so. But because Hellboy (Ron Perlman), Liz Sherman (Selma Blair) and Abe Sapien (Doug Jones) are so character driven with powers as secondary they make for great superheroes. So imperfect and so different that they are what make this movie fantastic.
Perlman is so exactly needed for this role and on this second film much better than the first one. Blair has fire as her power and yet her passion in the character smolders so rightly that she’s hot. Jones is odd as he needs to be with a character that reads things with his hands, which was one of the funny scenes in the movie dealing with Abe and Liz and a door.
Speaking of good scenes it was pretty awesome with the humor and the action. There were good fight scenes. Hellboy fights a monster with a metallic hand and it’s a smart and clever fight, which is most of the fights in the entire movie. There’s not a lot of expending of powers needlessly.
Hellboy wants to be part of the public eye and when he does become part of the public eye he doesn’t like what is said about him. Enjoying the awe of the great comments but disliking the balance of the evil comments. Plus Hellboy is like a child at heart and it causes him to have immature reactions to things. Such as what Liz finds important in their relationship. So he just has different mindset that is closer to a child’s way of thinking than an adult.
What I like about Hellboy II is that it has a twist on bad vs. good by using something that is solely thought of as bad in a good way. Hellboy is a demon turned good. The problem I had with this film was that the young Hellboy was a tad cartoony. Though the actor who played him did a great job, it was the teeth that threw me. Something was off with the sound and the way he was talking. It kind of took me out of the film and that’s something I have to take issue with.
Prince Nuada (Luke Gross) and the Princess Nuala (Anna Walton) were interesting addition as was the new addition to the team, Johann Krauss (voiced by Seth MacFarlane). The story for Hellboy II is good. It’s creative and different. The cool part of this story was how the decided to tell the back story. The flashbacks seemed to use wooden puppets, which was unique, itself. I liked it. Johann Krauss adds humor, Princess Nuala added heart and Prince Nuada added passion. They gave the story a different spin than the first one.
Then there was the Toothfaries. They deserve their own paragraph. They are a character that is creative. Their name is far softer than what they actually are. When Krauss uses one and Hellboy argues with it, it is one of my favorite scenes in the entire movie.
The eye candy in this film is just awesome. I think Guillermo Del Toro’s creative eye is extraordinary in every aspect that is necessary to give a movie a different twist to what it normally could have been. He’s the twist of lemon that makes the grilled chicken taste different in a palpable manner.
Hellboy II: The Golden Army is a gratifying movie. The plot serves a three course meal to the moviegoer. If you like the first one then you’ll surely like this one. Hellboy was paved with good intentions and those good intentions and creative mind with great execution give us another entertaining movie for the summer. Yay