Movie Review: Hellboy II: the Golden Army

Published by Clay Cane on Sunday, July 13, 2008 at 12:00 am.

hellboySummary: Hellboy and his loyal friends go on a quest to destroy a demon army that is attempting to take over planet Earth.

Review: I noticed “Hellboy II: the Golden Army” has gotten some stellar reviews. Sure, visually the film is stunning, but an over two-hour film about another set of superheroes who want to save the world is redundant, boring and worst of all tiresome. How many times can this same plot line be regurgitated but praised as an excellent film because of special effects? Yes, Hellboy, played by Ron Perlman, is a likable character. He is the classic case of good guy who looks evil but has a pure heart. Unfortunately, the plot of Hellboy does not have as much heart or thought.

“Hellboy II: the Golden Army” is solely about the visuals and a few awesome fight scenes. In between special effects, one has to wonder—what is the motivation to stay in the theatre? Even with the quirky superhero conflicts, there isn’t a line you have not heard or a fight you cannot predict. One cannot help but wonder if there was more attention paid to the script, how good of a movie this could have truly been.

Fortunately, “Hellboy II: the Golden Army” does not take itself too seriously. There are some cute laughs and witty comic book humor that you can expect in this genre. In addition, Hellboy’s relationship with his wife, who is played by Selma Blair, is fun to watch. Blair and Perlman definitely have chemistry. Still, not even a few jokes can survive the overstuffed action flick.

Maybe “Hellboy II: the Golden Army” is just not my genre. Whatever the case, I have a feeling when they make “Hellboy III” I could copy and paste this same exact review.

“Hellboy II: the Golden Army” is in theatres now.

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