Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy 2: Ron Pearlman is Bigger, Badder and More Entertaining than Ever

I, for one, was totally entertained, and as any of my movie review readers know, that’s pretty much my only requirement when it comes to action-packed summer blockbusters. And Toro’s Hellboy 2 is definitely among them.

Ron Pearlman, whose voice you’ve probably heard in any number of animated super-hero cartoons, is classic Hellboy: rude, arrogant, and ready to f- some s- up. The movie crosses a number of subplots (relationship with Selma Blair’s character, Liz Sherman, introduction of a new paranormal good-guy, Hellboy’s public persona) with the main plot of conquering the evil prince of the Underworld who wishes to raise a long-forgotten army and battle humanity for the rights to live on earth.

I first became aware of Hellboy 2 as a preview when my father and I were going to see the new Indiana Jones movie earlier this summer. Having never seen the first Hellboy movie, my dad said we could rent and watch it together, which we did a bit later. Though he won’t get to see the second one for a few weeks, I certainly owe him a thanks for turning me onto this less than polite comic book made big-screen bad-ass.

The action was consistently good throughout, but it is little compared to the amazing monsters and creatures that appear on screen throughout the film. The plot didn’t have any gaping holes, and thank goodness that the touching lovey-dovey scenes that seemed to pock the first film were kept to a minimum in this one (though there are still a few and even Abe Sapien has a love interest).

There was even a little religious stuff, though less than the first movie. Liz sports a large cross necklace the entire time and Hellboy also has a cross on a chain on his wrist in a few scenes (funny on the biggest Jew in Hollywood – big physically, that is).

All in all Ron Pearlman is great. Selma is a little melodramatic but I suppose that’s the character. I always love Jeffrey Tambor (George on Arrested Development), and a most hilarious addition was seeing Seth MacFarlane’s name in the credits (the creator of Family Guy and American Dad). Yes, that’s right – he provided the voice of Johann Krauss, the same voice he uses for the fish on American Dad.

Good summer fun and a great flick – 8 Chocolate Salty Balls for Hellboy 2. Seven are for the movie and 1 is for the timing.

Have you seen it? What did you think? Better than the first? Buy it now: Hellboy II: The Golden Army.

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4 Responses

  1. Eight Chocolate Salty Balls for Hellboy 2 and FIVE for Wanted? Where can I buy the high-grade kushkush you’re smoking?

    Although I do now need to go see this. Then repost. Possibly admission of wrongnitude.

  2. You know, I see your concern Kushie Bear, but try to compare 7 to 5 since one of those CSB was for the summertime funness of it all and Wanted wasn’t as well timed a release (though I don’t know what ‘season’ it would be).

    What’s more, I stand slightly corrected, however, since I’ve since talked to a half-dozen people who loved Wanted. I don’t change my evaluation, of course, but it should be noted that my average rating of this movie is not agreed upon in all sectors – especially sectors of my life.

    Hellboy 2, though, I maintain is badass fun and good time for anybody who can take their doses of fun in the form of cinematic wonder and delight.

  3. Well, I just got to see Hellboy II and yes, it definitely meets the entertainment threshold criteria.

    Didn’t really notice, but I think the cross Hellboy carries might be the one from Father in the first movie, the one that the now reassigned agent John Myers tosses him before he unlocks the door to destruction in #1.

    Incredible creatures in the marketplace.

    In this #2, it seems like Hellboy is kinda’ headed down the Dark Knight’s path where no one outside his small group of insiders likes him (i.e., the public’s reaction and the Prince’s attempts to point this out when trying to recruit him). They again point out his destiny of bringing destruction to earth; the friend I saw it with said the comics do, too, but haven’t addressed that yet in any final fashion (just ominous warnings).

    Well, they set us up for HB3 – left lots of untied story threads – and I can’t wait!

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