Hellboy 2 Movie Review

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What’s it about? The mythical world starts a rebellion against humanity in order to rule the Earth, so Hellboy and his team must save the world from the rebellious creatures.

Review it: Being a big fan of the first movie I was really looking forward to seeing this, but while I imagine the majority of people watching it will prefer it to the original, for me it fell a bit short.

Firstly the plusses. Everything in this movie is bigger and better. You get a much better sense of the BPRD and also of the underworld of fantastical beings hidden in our world. One scene in a secret market particularly showcases this and shows you a realm of monsters and fairytale creatures not seen since the days of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed.

Also our three main characters from the first movie – Hellboy, Liz and especially Abe Sapien all get much more to do in this film than in the last and some of the scenes of their downtime are hilarious. Best of all we get to see a bit more of John Hurt via an opening scene flashback which I was particularly happy to see being as he was the heart of the first film.

So what didnt do it for me? Well two small ones first. Jeffrey Tambor wasnt in it enough. Sorry, I love that guy in these movies. And second Liz Sherman comes across as a bit of a nagging housewife in some scenes which put me off the character a bit.

The main thing though, was the baddie. Now Im not saying Luke Goss was bad, because he wasnt. Its just his character didnt seem bad enough to be the films big threat. In the last movie we had crazy nazis and undead clockwork assasins, so an elf prince who thinks he is doing what is right for his marginalised people seems a bit tame after the apocalyptic threat of the first movie. Del Toro loves making us feel sympathy towards his monsters, but in doing so hasn’t given us anyone we really want to see get their ass kicked by Hellboy. Even the huge Cloverfield type monster seen in the trailer comes across as more sad and lost than terrifying.

Rate it: 4 / 5 (I give the first Hellboy 5)
Dry Slaps: 1

Reviewer: Bluemeanie

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