Monday, January 30, 2017

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)

It's been a while since I saw first Hellboy. I don't remember much about it. There have been talks about the third movie but nothing has materialized yet. Probably it is too late to get third movie.

There are two things I didn't like. Movie changed tone too much between scenes. Another was you knew how the movie will end when you learn connection between siblings. After it you just wait it to happen. Movie tried to have sad tone showing Hellboy killing creatures last of their kind and main villain trying make him change sides. Right after that Hellboy and Abe Sapien drink and talk about their love life. Movie's combination of humor and sad dark fantasy didn't work for me.

Probably someone else like this more. It is well made and Guillermo Del Toro's creatures look amazing as does everything else. I just hope they had less forced humour. Scene with elemental was magical. Dark fantasy parts worked best. Other parts either worked or ruined dark fantasy feel.

I see what they were aiming for but too different tones make movie less of what it could have been. Relationship between Hellboy and Liz didn't need to have problems. They had problems and then they didn't when scene needed it. New character Johann Strauss was interesting but needed more consistency. If you don't remembers first movie you have no idea why Hellboy treats Suit trying to control the team so badly. He just tries to do his job.

Hellboy II is ok movie which could have been better. Amazing scenes are coupled with less amazing scenes.

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