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Hellboy (2004)


9/10: A highly over-looked movie that surpasses Van Helsing
Thursday, May 17, 2007

Someone told me a long time ago that "Van Helsing" and "Hellboy" were in the same level of quality, saying they "both sucked". Well, that's a filthy lie. What you have here is a movie (based on a popular comic book of the same name) that does EVERYTHING that it seems "Van Helsing" slipped on. Don't get me wrong; I liked "Van Helsing", but let's face it, it wasn't the best movie ever and it lacked a lot of character development and an ending that was a bit of a cliffhanger (because you never find out what Van Helsing's past is), but "Hellboy" is another story.The movie starts off during the end of WWII. It appears that Nazis have been meddling in something that Paranormal Specialist Dr. Broom doesn't like too much, dark magic. With the help of the notorious Resputin, along with some unnamed woman with a sledgehammer and, despite him being...

10/10: Did I miss the stargate to the alternate film dimension
Saturday, December 14, 2013

I look at the IMDb review tally and I have to wonder aloud whether I missed the Stargate to the alternate film dimension where every director is as good as Del Toro, and therefore every film is as good as Hellboy?? Because only in such an alternate dimension, where such films are commonplace, would the mediocre score be justified. Lets get to the point. Tel Toro is one of the greatest living directors, period. Although I did not "love" MAMA, for example, as a total experience, I was mesmerized. That's what Del Toro does. He mesmerizes. (I did love the Orphanage, one of the greatest horror films of all time and largely unknown in NA). But what makes this production extra-special is Perlman. In case anyone missed it, Ron is a solid actor whose career by and large is one B-movie after another. And, if he is not starring in a B-Movie, then he is in...

7/10: Hell of a Movie
Saturday, January 29, 2005

Alright, so seeing as how I'm comment #430, I don't imagine that anyone is going to read my review, or that anyone will be encouraged to watch Hellboy because of anything that I'll say. There are others who have written short novels on IMDb about what a great movie this is, so there's no point in me doing more of the same.Suffice it to say that this movie is beautifully shot, well acted (with the exception of the kid who plays the FBI agent) and directed by masterful Guillermo Del Toro with style and grace. It's not for everyone, and those who are fans of the comic will probably enjoy it more than your average moviegoer. But if you like movies like The Crow or Darkman, this one is right down your dark little alley

8/10: Red Horns Do It Better
Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Great comic series, good times on screen. Del Toro doesn't capture the shadowiness and the Gothic art of the books, but does the get the heart of the material, and plays it well between lighthearted comedy, lighthearted action, and as much weirdness(talking corpses, psychic merman, pyroknesis, Rasputin, clockwork Nazi assassins, and Cthulu, to name a few of the flourishes), as the story can handle.It is a super-hero movie, but one that mixes in occult myths, weird tales, and conspiracy theories, into a fine entertainment brew. Can't wait to see the next installment in the "The Golden Army". One of the best comic to film adaptations, not for style, but for heart and for fun's sake

8/10: Smokin Ron
Friday, September 17, 2004

Ron Perlman. I've seen his face before but never been inclined to put a name to it. His performance in Hellboy changes all that.The film is undoubtedly an entertainment. It's a comic book story with the usual spectacular effects we take for granted these days but Red Ron is the star. The effects are merely supportive, the way they should be.Charismatic is probably the word to explain his performance. It certainly raised my interest in the comic plot. An icon for weak willed smokers everywhere, a rarity in the media these days.BTW, where do I get one of those clockwork heart tickers. Sounds like a marketable idea to me

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