9-15 February 2009

February 27 2009 at 9:12 am (The list)

hellboy2posterHellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)

The reason films based on comics are often bettered by their sequels is that they no longer have to go through the laborious origins of the characters. This is certainly the case with Hellboy II. With a smoother story and script than its predecessor, it’s less a comic book movie, and more like a soap opera with monsters. After the villainous Prince Nuada (an almost unrecognisable Luke Goss; yes the one from Bros, now quite the fantasy baddie) breaks an ancient pact between humans and creatures, it’s up to the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defence to step in and stop him from resurrecting the Golden Army which will destroy the human race. There’s a greater sense of teamwork here than in the first movie, with Selma Blair’s fiery Liz and Doug Jones’ Abe Sapien given much more prominent roles. It’s Ron Perlman, though, who returns as the titular anti-hero who really shines. He seems so comfortable in his red skin and gets the chance to both kick ass and drunkenly emote convincingly. Writer/director Guillermo del Toro has created a much more balanced film this time around with more comedy, some great action and even a bit of social commentary. However, it’s the clarity of del Toro’s vision and his magical sense of imagination that make the film so enjoyable.

 

Rating: 4/5

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