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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.
It's not every day we see a sequel that's actually better than the original film, but the one and only Guillermo del Toro took one of the greatest action movies of its time and repaired the few things that were wrong with it and also decided to add some new things that make it a quite different and more original film; Hellboy II: The Golden Army is one of the most exciting comic-book movies ever created. In my opinion the only thing that del Toro got really wrong with the first film was the arguably ill-conceived character Liz Sherman and her impalpable romantic relationship with Hellboy, but in the second film the Mexican director doesn't focus too much on her…
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.
"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…
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.
'hellboy 2'_re-re. ima eat that with a spoon. 'story by guillermo del toro and mike mignola'
says a lot. there is a load of sentiment in the film that has more to do with mike and hellboy than
it does with hellboy and his wrecking balls. it impresses me that del toro is the kind of man who would
appreciate this sort of affection between another artist and his doppel. not only appreciate it,
but shape the story around that affection and not reinvent the cart horse. this base vector
results in the time spent with hellboy & his boo, not with hellboy & his fist. those who miss the
punchline can't reverse engineer the joke. guillermo don't care & more power to…
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Day 10 - A film with a score by Danny Elfman
I wish I hadn't given the first film 4 stars just so that I could show how much better this film is - plot is stronger, character development feels more real. More importantly, this film is far weirder and more beautiful than it's predecessor. It's a damn shame there isn't a Hellboy III because Hellboy II is such a gorgeous look into Guillermo del Toro's brain - the monsters in this are intricate and fascinating, even if the only function they serve is to be in one scene. I constantly thank God for the relationship between Guillermo del Toro and Doug Jones!!
Hellboy 2 is awesome. I think I enjoy it even more than the first! Please finish the trilogy.
Even better than the first film. Freed from the origin constraints, Del Toro gets to just go wild with the creatures and the action.
A little bit confusing,and partially trying too hard to be cool and fun, but still a very good fantasy action movie.
Very well done sequel, that (probably) doesn't require you to watch its previous film. Guillermo has a knack for creating a world and understanding his vision, it really is a shame he isn't ever going to make Hellboy III because of budgetary conflicts. Anyway this is definitely worth your time if you enjoyed the first Hellboy, it might even be better than the first one.
Abe Sapien is my boyfriend.
That Elemental scene might be the greatest thing Guillermo has ever done and that's saying a lot.
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