Hellboy 2 Golden Army DVD Review
Written by: Meh
I had a chance to checkout Hellboy 2 The Goldn Army on DVD. I am probably a pretty good candidate to review the film since I did not really enjoy the first one. At best I gave the original Hellboy movie a 6 out of 10. It just did not do much for me. This go around though I am happy to report that Hellboy is much more effective as a film and although its no Batman is definitely a fun film to waste some time with.
After an ancient truce existing between humankind and the invisible realm of the fantastic is broken, hell on Earth is ready to erupt. A ruthless leader who treads the world above and the one below defies his bloodline and awakens an unstoppable army of creatures. Now, it's up to the planet's toughest, roughest superhero to battle the merciless dictator and his marauders. He may be red. He may be horned. He may be misunderstood. But when you need the job done right, it's time to call in Hellboy (Ron Perlman).
Along with his expanding team in the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Development--pyrokinetic girlfriend Liz (Selma Blair), aquatic empath Abe (Doug Jones) and protoplasmic mystic Johann--the BPRD will travel between the surface strata and the unseen magical one, where creatures of fantasy become corporeal. And Hellboy, a creature of two worlds who's accepted by neither, must choose between the life he knows and an unknown destiny that beckons him.
Visually the film is very impressive but that should come as no shock considering it was directed by Guillermo Del Toro one of the most visually inspiring directors their has ever been. The visual look and the story of this take on Hellboy was much more interesting, fast moving and full of interesting characters. You never knew quite where the story was going... at least I did not. I have never read the comics so perhaps some of you who have will pick up on some hidden elements or maybe even know the story of Hellboy already.
Regardless of whether you read the comics or not I feel Hellboy 2 is well worth checking out. The only downfall in the entire film for me was the role of Selma Blair. I have never been much of a fan of her work and quite honestly she seemed wooden and incomplete in the film. At times she did shine but most of the time I kept ho-humming waiting for the film to move on. At times I even hit the dreaded fast forward button.
Hellboy 2 is a cinematic experience that definitely exceeds the limited reach of the first film and is well worth renting or buying. If you enjoyed the first one you definitely will want to buy this one. If you did not really enjoy the first one at the very least rent Hellboy 2. I think that you... like me.. might enjoy it. Packed full of great extras Hellboy 2 is lots of fun.