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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.
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…
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…
"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…
Screw your Iron Mans and your Dark Knights and your Incredible Hulks.
THIS was the best superhero film of 2008.
And that's real.
A crisper, better looking, better written and more interesting installment than the original, Hellboy II is the rare occasion of a sequel that improves on the original.
Sequelitis. The film is good fun but very loose and disjointed. As ever with del Toro the visuals are great but the plot's actually a bit boring thanks to largely centering on bland elf characters. The BPRD stuff is more interesting but while Liz and Abe get good work Hellboy stagnates and Strauss is fun but muscles Manning out of the way. And the Golden Army really are a bit of an anticlimax by the time the film meanders towards them.
(Original review outdated, re-evaluation required at later date)
the paranormal tipping point. it’s all in the open now—‘guess we’re out!’—but being in the mainstream won’t help red and abe and liz avoid the abuse. they’re subject to open bigotry from not just their boss but the police, in public, when trying to help—‘he’s got a weapon in his hand!’ ‘that is his hand!’—and the film itself even opens by misgendering hellboy. that’s fairly cosmic hostility, and sadly, it’s begun to creep into the way our heroes view others like them. so now (but not inevitably) and unlike in the first film, they're not nearly so kind; they misgender and mock ‘bad’ paranormal characters for their difference—to fit in, maybe? to justify to themselves the fact that they work…
Guillermo Del Toro is a master of combining production and costume design, interesting characters, humor, and story.
An utterly brilliant sequel. Another fine work from Guillermo del Toro.
I liked how this sequel was more of a fantasy-fairytale themed, where as the first film was dark and gothic. Personally, I think it would've been excellent if both genres were combined.
And Hellboy brought both action and humour in. And really cool how he went up against a variety of foes; tooth fairies, a troll, a forest god, the Golden Army & an Elvin prince.
Despite this sequel being a bit silly, where as the first one was gritty, I actually enjoyed this film. It was really...bad-ass!
Best parts of the film:
One bad ass villain
Featuring John Hurt reprising his role, even if it was a short scene.
Seth MacFarlane starred in this film.
Superb visual effects
Epic fight scenes
Can't think of anything wrong with it really.
I always forget how great Hellboy II is when I haven't watched it for a while. It's fantastic and I just love these characters. It's full of great mythology and manages to be both a fantastic comic book and fantasy film. An awesome cast and absolutely gorgeous and creative visual. This film also has a while lot of heart and love for it's monsters. It goes to show that heroes don't have to be perfect or handsome but can be messes and flawed. This film is also just a whole lot of fun with a strange sense of humour that I can really appreciate.
I can't smile without you...
"Industrable, my ass."
We may never get a chance to see what's cooking for the Hellboy universe through Del Toro's brain again and that's a mighty shame because what. A. Great. Sequel. Just about every damn thing in every damn second in this film was pure marvel. Every single creation - from the medieval troll market, to those tooth fairies, the Elemental, Angel of Death - out of his bursting imaginations are bizarre, weird, horrifying and beautiful at times and the astonishing practical effects only adds to its tangibility. This is what happens when it all comes perfectly together; full credit to the studio entrusting full reign to a brilliant filmmaker, and he hits it home with a terrific story…
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