Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

In Theatres: 
Jul 11, 2008
Running Time: 
2 Hours, 0 Minutes

Hellboy II: the Golden Army reunites fans with our heroes in The Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (BPRD); Hellboy, Liz, Abe Sapien, and to a lesser degree, Tom Manning. Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane adds his voice to a new character as well. This time Hellboy and Co. have to face off against a deadly villain who hopes to awaken an unstoppable army that will ravish the Earth and destroy all humankind.

Second time seems to be the charm as Del Toro’s mind explodes in the film creating some extremely elaborate sets that are breath taking as well as adding in creatures and characters that bare his trademark for fantasy and horror. I was very happy with the villain in this film as his presence is so much more aggressive. Del Toro dips back into his catalogue of actors bringing in Luke Goss as the seemingly unstoppable Prince Nuada (Goss also played the main villain in Del Toro’s Blade II). There wasn’t a single character in the film that I disagreed with.

The plot for the film was engaging as you get to see Hellboy in his earlier days and then Hellboy now. Things have changed in his life since the last film and by the end of the film things really change but that info is for paying customers only. The story of The Golden Army was intriguing and even though your not really given time to consider it Hellboy 2 has a little bit of a green message in it. Still, the scenery in the film is simply amazing and as I watched the strange creatures on the screen I could only think to myself that this is the kind of movie my kids will rediscover later when their older and, lets face it, by then wonder why they stopped making films that looked this good.

Hellboy 2 has all the right amount of humor, some awesome fight sequences that martial arts fans will acknowledge and enjoy, and a pretty good plot. There was a little bit of drag which keeps this film from getting a perfect score such as the subplot for Abe Sapien and somewhere along the middle the film loses focus a bit before bouncing back but definitely my pick for second best comic book adaptation film this year, Iron Man being the number one of all time, IMHO. Surprisingly the film is tame and I would even suggest bringing the tween/teens to the show with you.

AJ Garcia
Review by AJ Garcia
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