The Jupiter Ascending Stigma™️ is a cinematic event whereas the audience desperately asks for innovative, or simply more creative and…
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.
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.
As a compete package, Hellboy 2 is superior to its successor. Gone is the unnecessary character of John Myers, and the film delves completely into the supernatural world that is Hellboy.
But, for all the characters and creatures on screen, it never quite hits the highs that the original did. Despite the abundance of magical creatures, the film never is as good as the best parts of the original. It's a better film overall, yes, but a somewhat mediocre experience.
Somehow, there is a complete lack of tension to it all, and film manages (just like the first film did) to fall apart by the third act. It's not terrible, it's just hard to care.
No doubt this film managed to combine various of the styles of Del Toro and it worked quite well.
Perhaps the only problem is how he walk away a little from the original essence of the comic book. He even had problems with the author for this.
Beyond that The Golden Army is an excellent sequel. I hope that someday we get to see the third part.
If movies are judged on how many monsters they have in them, Hellboy II is the greatest movie of all time.
Pretty damn watchable
A fun sequel, and one that's a bit closer to Del Toro's usual style, especially in an early scene that illustrates the history of the golden army.Recommended for the fans of the original and of fantasy in general.
This right here is a movie that gets why comic books capture the imagination of so many, myself included. Not for hokey character drama or bland, samey visuals - but to be amazed. I feel like Hellboy II gets this in a way other superhero movies don't, offering a glimpse at a magical world filled with countless mystical sights and sounds to take in. Del Toro got complete creative control with this one - and it shows, because boy are there a lot of monsters.
And I'd like a figure of each of them on my shelf.
Hellboy is probably the most underrated comic book movie. Directed by Guillermo del Toro, it is absolutely beautiful, creative, and inventive. The cinematography and art direction is great. I prefer the first movie but the second one is also very good. Too bad it's so underrated.
As time has gone on and our idea of what makes a Del Toro movie becomes a little more clear, I think it's fair to say that this feels a lot more Del Toro than the first Hellboy did. It breaks my heart a bit to think there'll almost certainly never be a third.
The best decision they made going in was that exposition boy from the first movie is not here. Next best is that Del Toro just goes hog wild with snazzy sets, costumes, creatures and beauty all around, like every eye-popping thing in Pan's Labyrinth done on a Pacific Rim scale. If you like fantasy creature stuff, this is pretty much the most wonders-dense movie I've ever…
One of the great superhero films. Poetic and beautiful in a way no other film of the genre is. An all-time favorite.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!