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Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Saving the world is a hell of a job.
In this continuation to the adventure of the demon superhero, an evil elf breaks an ancient pact between humans and creatures, as he declares war against humanity. He is on a mission to release The Golden Army, a deadly group of fighting machines that can destroy the human race. As Hell on Earth is ready to erupt, Hellboy and his crew set out to defeat the evil prince.
When Del Toro manages to get in his stride and gets to strutt his stuff like Mexico's Next Top Model, well I just find him irresistible.
His visual flair combined with his seemingly unending enthusiasm for what he is doing, do perhaps not necessarily guarantee that his films are good, but there's a good chance you'll have a good time.
In Hellboy 2, aesthetics, pacing, humour and action converge beautifully to create an outstanding, if a bit garish, adaptation of a maverick comic book. It's a shame Hellboy's character isn't explored a bit more in this sequel, but that lack of development is more than compensated by well executed and infectious fun.
I have nothing but love for this film, the characters in it and the fun it has in doing what it does.
A vast improvement over it's predecessor in just about every way. Hellboy II is a very entertaining super hero film with some great visuals and imagery.
You're in love. Have a beer.
oh, no my body's a temple.
Well, now its an amusement park.
Hellboy II thrives on its little moments like that. Abe Sapien and Hellboy sharing a six pack in front of a fireplace in a library, listening to love songs. The banter and camaraderie between the agents of the B.P.R.D is one of the driving points of this series.
The only problem is that its so dumb. Seriously who wrote this movie?
*written and directed by Guillermo Del Toro*
Yikes. C'mon Del Taco. It could've been a lot better than that. I mean the first Hellboy didn't have THAT great of writing but it wasn't really all at noticeable. Woah. I'm…
Screw your Iron Mans and your Dark Knights and your Incredible Hulks.
THIS was the best superhero film of 2008.
And that's real.
"I'm not a baby, I'm a tumour!" - Tumour-Baby
You read that right. There is a Tumour-Baby in this film, along the lines of Kuato in Total Recall. Its appearance comes in the middle of one of cinema's greatest achievements in terms of make-up. In the Troll Market, there are hundreds of detailed beasties that are as insane as they are amusing. This is Del Toro having an absolute field-day. The man's brain has been splashed all over the screen in the most glorious manner possible. This movie in terms of twisted imagination seriously rivals the Cantina Bar scene in A New Hope.
But Hellboy II isn't just aesthetically pleasing. It also amuses on a much more intellectual level than…
"Hey Corey, did you like all those Pan's Labyrinth creature designs?"
"Yes, I sure did, sir"
"Want like, 100 more of them?"
"And what do you think about Barry Manilow?"
"I grew up with Barry Manilow, Guillermo"
"How do you feel about Ron Perlman and Doug Jones in 50 pounds of makeup each drunk singing Barry Manilow?"
"I feel like you should marry me"
Really cool movie.
Did NOT live up to the greatness of the first movie, but is such a colorful toybox of twisted delights, I can't fully dismiss it. It's all about that duet.
(Edited from a review originally published July 11, 2008, at blogs.dailyherald.com)
All the positive reviews of Guillermo Del Toro's "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" mention the intricately detailed settings, the beautiful production design, the fantastic monsters, the exciting action and Del Toro's unique artistic style.
But no one mentioned how hilarious it is.
I loved "Hellboy II," and I laughed all the way through it.
The first "Hellboy," released by the now-defunct Revolution Studios, was not a box-office smash, but it recouped its costs on home video and managed to be a serviceable genre film. Universal decided to pick up the rights to the franchise and gave Del Toro a much bigger budget for a second go-round, which would suggest…
More fun than I remember
Hellboy 2 is pretty much the best and worst of Guillermo Del Toro. The visuals are stunning and his love affair of such genre staples as dark magic, mythical creatures, and clockwork machinery is in top form. But it has so many cringe worthy scenes (like Hellboy and Abe drinking away their sorrows) and is tonally so distant from its predecessor and source material that I still find it a hard pill to swallow.
A hangulatos kezdés után egy nyálas délutáni matinét kapunk. Fontos karakterek kiírva, a maradék gárda infantilisan játszik, az egész film inkább hasonlít egy kis stúdió alkotásra, mint egy nagyszabású mozinak. A képregény alapjait itt ott picit megtapossa és az első rész vagány és darkos stílusát egyáltalán nem hozza. Ez egy totálisan feleslegesen elkészült folytatás, sajnos.
The only good thing Seth MacFarlane's ever done the world.
Hellboy II: The Golden Army, like its predecessor, is another installment of the hellish demon comic-movie adaption. It has a refreshing plot and characters, the Golden Army and Prince Nuada/Princess Nuala. Like its predecessor, it gets most things right again - costume design, make-up, cast, plot, special effects, sound, action scenes, being unique, and refreshing. Hellboy 2 follows a good story, that doesn't use the same cookie-cutter template as many other comic-adapted movies (ahem Marvel). Considering how many fantastic comic series' have been stained by bad movies (Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Green Lantern, Spawn to name a few), I congratulate Hellboy 2 on making an enjoyable piece of art.
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