Monday, July 28, 2008
Movie Review: Hellboy II: The Golden Army
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 set to be unleashed, The Golden Army.
I think this is one of those rare occurrences where the sequel to a film blows the first one away. I thought the first Hellboy movie was just OK, not as good as I'd hoped being a fan of Hellboy. The 2nd movie didn't let me down at all though.
It's not so much the storyline that's great though, it's the visuals and the creatures that steal the show. There are a lot of new characters introduced and many of them are just really cool and the entire fantasy world is very inventive and fun. There's a lot more playful banter between the "good guys" as well and that helps the movie feel light. Hellboy's smart little quips and the view of all the "monsters" as the normal ones while humans are the real freaks are at the heart of the old Hellboy comics and that comes across much better in this movie.
Director Guillermo del Toro is the best at this sort of visually insane movie with the stuff he comes up with, and I was reminded often of his movie Pan's Labyrinth, which I love. There's even one scene that feels a whole lot like the Star Wars cantina scene I thought where the team goes underground to a whole gaggle of weirdness. I can't wait for the DVD version just to pause and get time to check out all of the characters because there's just too much going on to really appreciate it all. That's actually the case in a lot of instances though.
In summary, it's very imaginative and visually mind-blowing. It's the really fun, action-packed comic book movie that the original film never attained. If del Toro is on board, count me in for a third movie.