Posts Tagged ‘Hellboy’

Hellboy II: The Golden Army – Minute Movie Review

Sonntag, September 20th, 2009

Review:

The Hellboy sequel, now that typical comic book movie origin story is out of the way, dives right into the action and profits from it. Elven prince Nuada is sick of the humans taking earth for themselves and wants to raise the Golden Army again to wage war on them, something which Hellboy and his colleagues from the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense are strongly against. The story is not really the main point to the film, though, but rather the striking imagery is. Guillermo del Toro once more proves that he may be the most visually creative director working right now in a two hour thrill ride from stunning set piece to stunning set piece. The film is oddly beautiful in its ugliness and the special effects are striking. If you like great images with comic book stories, this is the film to watch.

Random Observations:

Hellboy II: The Golden Army at the IMDb

Especially impressive is the make-up that is used to make the human actors into a wild array of “monsters”. Nobody really looks like themselves anymore.

I really enjoyed the way the back story was told. Sure, it was a rather cheap trick, but well handled.

Lots and lots of foreshadowing for a possible third film throughout this one.

Minute Movie Review – Hellboy

Montag, März 30th, 2009

Review:

When the Nazis open a portal to hell with the help of legendary sorcerer Rasputin, something gets out, before the Americans can stop it – Hellboy. Sixty years later, he works for the FBI and has to stop a plot by a resurrected Rasputin to bring Armaggedon about. Based on the comic book series, “Hellboy” is an extremely stylish movie. It lacks, however, three-dimensioanl characters and Rasputin isn’t a great villain. Nevertheless, the film is entertaining and the plot just interesting enough to focus ones attention, allowing the oversight of some gaping plot holes.

Random Observations:

Hellboy at imdb.com

The film spawned a sequel, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, that was better received critically.

The look of the movie reminded me a lot of director Guillermo de Toro’s next film, El Laberinto del fauno.

Ron Perlman is completely unrecognizable under the Hellboy make-up.

Comic Book Movie July – From Hell

Freitag, Juli 4th, 2008

From Hell is a strange name for a movie (or a graphic novel, for that matter). One would expect the subject to be something like Hellboy - a character straight from hell, or a hellish story at least. But this is not the case with Alan Moore’s comic book From Hell and naturally also not with the movie based on it. It’s both much simpler and much more horrifying: From Hell was the return address on one of the letters the police and press received during the brutal serial killings of Jack the Ripper, claiming to come from the murderer.

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