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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.
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.
I only watched this because my son was interested in it, but I ended up quite liking both Hellboy movies and Del Toro's fantasy world. This sequel was even a bit better than the original, a little less chaotic and with a better-defined villain and objective this time around.
When I first saw this I was underwhelmed. I think it was because I was disappointed that the aesthetic was not the same from the first one. I'm not much of a fantasy film guy, so the shift from HP Lovecraft to JRR Tolkien was not something that sat well initially. That being said on this viewing I really enjoyed it. Its really fun to see Del Toro as unleashed as he is in this one. The visuals and character design are probably as good as he's ever put to film. The cast is still great, and I was invested in the film the entire time. I don't think its as cohesive as the first one, but on its own terms this is a way above average fairy tale that I'm happy to recommend.
While lacking a small amount of the carefree spirit of its predecessor, 'Hellboy II: The Golden Army' builds on the mythology of the first film while still keeping the characters front and center. It unfortunately falls to bigger-budget Hollywood cliche's in the third act, but is nonetheless a fairly inventive and very visually intriguing film.
Special props to Ron Perlman for getting any characterization whatsoever through the layers of makeup and prosthetics, and to Doug Jones for making his wonderful Abe Sapian character stand out amongst such a lively cast. It would have been nicer if the movie had focused on them a bit more, rather than a sibling royal duo.
MY THREE WORDS
Relaxed, fun, flippant.
Literal live action Shrek. Stupid half ass plot that made zero sense. Starts with LOTR rip off then moves to sloppy Harry Potter adventure and finishes with Scooby Doo villain battle.
Guillermo Del Toro is a treasure.
The first one was better. This felt very much like Men in Black mixed with some Doctor Who, but minus the best characters from both.
Really entertaining movie with great action sequences. Really loved each fights including Prince Nuada, those were brilliantly shot. Other than that, the story can be classified as "cliché", but I still find it fascinating, especially the introduction to the famous Golden Army. Guillermo del Toro manages to mix action, drama and a bit of humour in this really entertaining movie.
In short, this film is everything the first one wanted to be. It's the same style, but wittier, more energy fueled, and with the signature del toro creature counter cranked up from 2 to 200. Overall it just felt way more confident then the first one. And you can tell Guillermo had a bit more power and integrity as the whole film is basically a showcase of his creaure and set design. The ending fight was a bit dissapointing though. It's still no high art and at its core still a super hero film, but Its one _hell_ of a ride and I personally love it.
There are two things I like the most in this life:
Horror Movies and Comic Books, in that order.
Complete list. :-(