From the Dark Side to Our Side.
In the final days of World War II, the Nazis attempt to use black magic to aid their dying cause. The Allies raid the camp where the ceremony is taking place, but not before a demon - Hellboy - has already been conjured. Joining the Allied forces, Hellboy eventually grows to adulthood, serving the cause of good rather than evil.
Hell will hold no surprises for us.
Coming off of the high octane robot/monster brawler Pacific Rim, one feels like they have almost been injected with jet fuel. Like you could take on the world. Or throw giant aliens through buildings and punch the forces of evil.
But only THAT film can bring upon THAT specific feeling so if you find yourself having some kind of Pacific Rim burnout or binging phase, and you need your fix, one would only have to look backwards into Guillermo Del Toro's filmography to find a similar larger than life character who packs a massive punch to the faces of world threatening monsters.
If you haven't figured out by now that I'm talking about…
"Red means stop! - Hellboy
Think back to those days when you were no taller than a light switch on your wall. There must have been one movie that you got all hyped up about before it came out. When you were too young to see it at the cinema, you waited months for it to be released domestically. And when you actually did get it, you remember the very moment. Hellboy is the film that took me on that journey of hype from an early age.
And lo and behold, it's still as glorious as it was back then to my 8 year-old eyes. I was never a normal child and I used to have the biggest fascination with…
Guillermo del Toro proved with Pan's Labyrinth that he had a Gothic, almost Tim Burton-esque flair for visuals. The weirder the make-up and CGI the better the imagination of the Mexican. It helped of course that he a fine comic book to work from and a star that was made to play the part.
Ron Perlman is not a heartthrob. He's a big guy sure, but he has the face of a gargoyle. Which incidentally makes him perfect for the role of Hellboy. He's only 6 foot 1 inch but he looks bigger (big boots with heals me thinks), but he's built like a brick shithouse that fitted the character like a glove. He also brought a nice comic timing…
Hellboy is the kind of movie that you can watch after a long and hard day, it’s cool, joyful and a pretty entertaining movie that is not made to change anything in the universe, it’s just the humble creation of a talented director whose imagination knows no limits and Hellboy is the proof to that. Multiple creatures we see in the movie, the “choreography” of action sequences and visual effects are all top class and Hellboy’s relationship with his “father” and his love for Liz add more depth to his character. These features create a refreshing movie that works like an energy drink.
The only superhero out there who I'd love to have a few beers with and play poker.
It had been at least 4-5 years since watching this from start to finish when I caught it starting on Starz. So I figured it would be a good time to see it again. I completely forgot how awesome this movie is, I remembered it was great of course, but I never realized how good of a comic book movie it was. It's probably one of the best ones made and I would bet that it's underrated by most.
For starters it looks amazing...Del Toro performed his magic on this, and one can easily see his handiwork in the production values and with the use of practical effects. Hellboy and Abe Sapian look awesome, in fact I would say that…
this was good. i mean, for a superhero movie
one of the better super-hero films of the decade. sweeping production design, impressive costumes and makeup, and some of the best casting imaginable make this film stand out.
this was my favorite film rowing up and i will probably always be my favorite movie.
Saw this yeeears ago, thought I'd re-watch it. Still not massively keen, it makes no sense, around 70 minutes in is where I have no idea what's going on. Still though, GDT madness, loads of monsters, bad guy Rasputin and clock work Nazi robot are always good.
Every couple of years I'll watch the two Hellboy movies and although I prefer the sequel, "The Golden Army," much more, this is still an above average super hero movie. Plus any movie that has Cthulhu as a villain gets my vote.
I liked it, its entertaining, and Ron Perlman is great in the lead role.
Great. Not much else to say, really well made and cast.
Hard proof that real, practical makeup looks fucking amazing and ages far better than tired, contrived CGI creatures.
A good movie. One of the better comic book based films, but this movie has to get 3.5 stars so that Hellboy 2 can get 4 stars....