Hellboy II: The golden Army
I’ve heard a lot of film critics use Hellboy as a measuring stick for how good The Hobbit is going to be. It’s not a bad assumption; del Toro has gone form strength to strength and Hellboy II is a visual feast of magnificent proportions. But it’s more than just a special effects driven movie; Hellboy II is a wealth of fairytale styled creatures, a fantastic array of imagined creatures.
As a pure, adrenaline fuelled action movie, Hellboy falls way behind Wanted and The Dark Knight. But it does so on purpose. Hellyboy does not try and be an action movie. Sure when Hellboy cuts loose del Toro proves that he knows how to choreograph action, and he’ll have you on the edge of your seats. But Hellboy is a story, driven by it’s characters.
The movies kicks off with Hellboy and Liz having one hell of a fight. The reason they are fighting? It’s a lover’s quarrel. That’s right, they are in a relationship, but they both have different things on their minds.
“Man had been created with a hole in his heart.” – Professor Trevor ‘Broom’ Bruttenholm. (John Hurt)
Hellby is at odds with just about everyone else in the story. He’s a feisty solo character who wants to do everything his way. He also wants a bit of fame from the work they do, so ensures he gets public exposure big time, turning himself into an instant hero.
Of course public opinion is a fickle lover and soon turns against Hellboy when they realise he’s a freak and Hellboy has to search deep inside to find out what he really wants in life.
“Misfits give texture to life. They also tend, on a routine basis, to challenge the preconceptions that masquerade among us every day as normative behaviors.” – Phyllis Tickle
As Hellboy searches for something to live for, Prince Nuada, the evil nemeses does his best ‘devil in the desert’ impersonation when he tries to lure Hellboy into his fight against humanity. Nuada is holding tight to past grievances, believing that we have not upheld our end of an ancient treaty and wants nothing more that to bring the full force of the legendary Golden Army against the human race, to wipe our existence off the face of the earth.
To do so however, Nuada knows that he needs to do more than just remind humanity why it once feared the dark, he needs to either turn Hellboy, or dispose of him.
But this garbage truck riding group of misfit freaks know what they have to do, and for various reasons they decide to side with humanity and team up for the biggest battle for their secret lives.
In the end, Hellboy II lives up to, and exceeds expectations as del Toro firmly cements his place as one of Hollywood’s visionary directors.
Also: Josh reviews Hellboy II
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read.
Rating: M – Contains Fantasy Violence.
Duration: 120 mins.
Genre: Action, Adaptation, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction.
Director: Guillermo del Toro.
Actors: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, Luke Goss, Anna Walton, Jeffrey Tambor, John Hurt, Seth MacFarlane.
Release Date: Now Showing.