Hellboy II: The Golden Army - Theatrical Review

Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Hellboy II: The Golden Army – Theatrical Review

An evil elf breaks an ancient pact between humans and creatures, and is on a mission to release 'The Golden Army', a deadly group of fighting machines that can destroy the human race. As Hell on Earth is ready to erupt, Hellboy and his crew set out to defeat prince and his army.

It’s a hell of a good time!

Hellboy’s back at it again, this time he has to save the world from an indestructible army of Golden Robots. For most this would prove difficult, but for Hellboy and his motley crew it’s child’s play. This is one hell of an imaginative plot line, and there’s only one director capable of handling it, and that man is Guillermo del Toro.

Del Toro has a knack for making visually spectacular movies, this film being no different. Unfortunately, it seems he recycled some monsters from Pan’s Labyrinth. I’m not saying the monsters weren’t amazing, and trust me they were. What I am saying is that we have seen it all before, and I’m ready for something new. Guillermo does, however, have some amazing skills with comic-book adaptation. I’ve always been a huge fan of Hellboy creator Mike Mignola. So whenever I see the Hellboy character adapted into a new medium I’m immediately skeptical, but Guillermo managed to keep Hellboy true to the comic books.

Ron Perlman played Hellboy, and he was even more refined this time around. Liz Sherman, played by Selma Blair, was acted to par, but it was not Blair’s best performance. Doug Jones, again, played Abe, and just as the last movie he acted (in his own words) exquisitely. But, at this point we’ve come to expect nothing but the best out of Jones. We’re also exposed to a new character, Johann Kraus who’s voiced by James Dodd and played by John Alexander. To describe the character in much more detail would be a spoiler so I’ll leave it at that.

The only serious problem I had with this film was that it seemed like Guillermo del Toro decided to try things he didn’t want to try in Pan’s Labyrinth. As I already stated the monsters seemed eerily familiar to those in Pan’s Labyrinth, yet Pan’s and Hellboy are two entirely different movies. I love del Torro’s style, but at the same time I’m ready for something fresh. I hope his next movie has a fresh new twist on his stale style.

The Golden Army is by no means perfect, but it’s imperfections are outweighed by an amazing story line, solid character base, and stupendous directing. I loved it so much that I’m going to see it again tomorrow! It’s truly that good. So what are you waiting for? Go see it!



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