Maybe I was just expecting too much but unfortunately a great cast and concept are wasted with a stilted tone and inability to focus on one genre.
Whilst it's not the garbage fire it's made out to be, Hellboy is definitely far from a good film. It's loud, nonsensical with an awful plot and sense of pacing, weird jarring tonal shifts and disturbing clashes of editing and directing styles that clearly illustrate the problems during production.
With that in mind however, four or five scenes definitely benefit from Marshall's eye and feature some great practical effects - so it's not a total loss.
"I don't think they want anything"
Too many times it's frustrated me how the majority of science fiction films that deal with extraterrestrial life struggle to portray it as anything other than in a physical being. We're supposedly special in our humanoid form, yet films often portray aliens in similar ways. Garland throws that out the window and stamps on it.
Annihilation is cold, brash and unnerving with a wonderful second half that makes me question so much of what…