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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.
The audience truly hit the jackpot when once again Guillermo del Toro directed the second film in the Hellboy franchise! del Toro as a director is an indulgent and nurturing parent whom gleefully provides everything any audience member could ever want or need!
Everything about this film reflects his love of his craft and everything is done with exuberant gusto! del Toro's films are beautifully wrapped gifts with huge festive bows that we can't wait to rip open to discover what joyous wonders and pleasures he has in store for us this time!
The film offers stunning visuals to match his equally creative fantasy! The action scenes were as exhilarating as the amazing set pieces! The wit and humor thrived as well in this fast paced environment! I especially loved the inebriated scene involving of all things the Barry Manilow song Can't Smile Without You!
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.
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.
A satisfying sequel to an underrated superhero film, this one keeps up with the fast-paced wit and wonder of the stylish fantasy world from the first movie, that could have only came from the mind of Guillermo del Toro.
This is a beautiful movie to view, with practical effects to spare and art direction reminiscent of Pan's Labyrinth (that Angel of Death!?) as well as engaging characters with interesting relationships who convey a wide variety of emotions--often lacking in superhero films.
And watching Hellboy and Abe Sapien sing "Can't Smile Without You" does in fact bring a smile to my face, much in the same style of Guardians of the Galaxy.
Del Toro can't tell if he's making a comedy or horror here - The tone is all over the place so tragedy never sits with drama comfortably. Luke Goss is channeling an incredible Tom Cruise impression. Perlman's Hellboy is pretty dull and I just can't get excited by him. Half-baked ideas are never fully capitalised on. The Golden Army get less screen time than a Northern Irish carthorse thing.
It's better than the first film though - in the same way a poo milkshake is better than a poo salad.
No sé por qué se me había pasado esta maravilla. Tiene un poco las pegas de todas las películas de superhéroes (el villano sin mucho fuste, aunque aquí with a twist porque EL AMOR; la excusa de recoger partes de cosas para que pasen cosas), pero se nota al mismo tiempo un amor por el personaje (normal, Mignola lo ha parido) y por una dirección de arte distinta (aunque 100% Del Toro - ese ángel de la muerte y ese chambelán, tan Laberinto del Fauno - y 100% Mignola/Davis - ¡coronas con forma de ciudad fundidas en cabezas de maderq!) que es otro rollo. Ojalá no se hiciera tan lenta en algunas partes y le hubieran dado más líneas al hombre de hojalata de Oz. Eso sí, los elfos nunca han estado mejor que aquí.
And it's true! This was better than the first. Both movies are great but Del Toro really had a lot more room to breath creatively on this one. I'm not really all that into superhero movies, but I love these Hellboy flicks!
With a larger budget to play with and the actors improving on their performances, Hellboy 2 manages to top the first one in both sheer imagination and sheer fun.
A great sequel to the first. Tho not quite as dark, the legend based story line is still very entertaining. And the introduction of new characters like Johann Kraus, who I was surprised to learn is voiced by Family Guy creator Seth Macfarlane.
The first is better, if anything just for the darkness of it. But this is still a great sequel.
Hellboy: [looking at Liz sleeping; drunk] Look at her. She's it, Abe. She's it. She's my whole wide... You know?
Abe Sapien: [also drunk] Yeah. Yeah.
Hellboy: I would give my life for her... but she also wants me to do the dishes.
Abe Sapien: I would die and do the dishes.
Utterly visionary in how it approaches the supernatural and the intersection of the supernatural and the mundane, this might be del Toro's best looking commercial film. The story is just so-so, and it's odd that del Toro chose not to use any of the myriad Hellboy stories from the comics as source material. But everything else clicks. I am with Perlman: we need one more Hellboy film.
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