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||Ron Perlman, Doug Jones, Selma
Blair, John Hurt, Rupert Evans, Corey Johnson, Karel Roden,
There are some scary scenes, so maybe not too
||Only if they're a
comic book fan.
||Nope, Hellboy and
Liz don't do the nasty.
killing going on.
chasing going on.
actually a pretty funny dude.
||Hellboy on the
rooftop with the little kid.
||Guillermo del Toro
Lloyd Levin, Mike Richardson
Thereís a part of me that wants to really like "Hellboy,"
but part of me just wondered why the evil beings from the other side
just looked like gross octopi. Hereís the story as I could follow
A Movie Review
Hellboyís mom hooked up with a demon, and the Nazis are
trying to conjure up evil things from the pits of hell to help them in
their quest for global domination. Sadly for the Naziís the Americans
spoil their plans, but not before Hellboy has been spit through the
portal and into our world. So, with the help of Professor Buttenholm
(John Hurt), who deals with the paranormal world, Hellboy is raised
for good. The problem is that the good professor is dying and he is
worried that if Hellboy doesnít have someone around to keep him being
good, well, Hellboy will head for his original destiny of causing
Armageddon. Enter John Myers (Rupert Evans). Heís been recruited by
Buttenholm to take care of Hellboy. If that isnít bad enough, Rasputin
(Karel Roden) and Ilsa (Biddy Hodson) are still hanging around since
the 1940ís, conjuring up evil spirits as to trick our heroes into
destroying the world. And it would have worked, too, if it werenít for
that goody-goody John. Yea, fine, I sort of give away the ending, but
do you really think this movie would have ended with Armageddon, thus
not leaving the door open for Hellboy 2?
Okay, I admit, thatís a pretty lame summary, but pretty much the
movie has Hellboy and Abe Sapien, some fishy dude, chasing the evil
octopi, which was pretty much standard fare. There was also a subplot,
a love story if you will, with Hellboy having the hots for Liz (Selma
Blair), a firestarter, but other than giving me the best scene in the
movie, with Hellboy on a rooftop with a little kid, spying on Liz and
John on a bench, and wondering how she could like John and not him,
and yes, I understand the need for the love story as the basis of the
ending of the film, but I just wasnít buying it.
Look, I was never a comic book reader, so I canít comment if the
movie stuck to the comic book recipe, I just want a movie that
entertains me without really having me scratching my head too much. I
mean, with all of the tentacled creatures running around, destroying
the subway and all, I found it hard to believe it just wasnít on the
front page of the newspaper.
Letís wrap this up. I thought Ron Perlman was great in his
portrayal of Hellboy, cocky yet with a soft side, and Abe was fun to
have around. The love story thing just wasnít working well for me,
other than Hellboy getting jealous, and I wasnít buying the ending,
although maybe evil is a giant octopus and not a man-looking creature
with horns and a tail because, in the end, Hellboy chose good.
I guess Iíll just give "Hellboy" 2 Ĺ stars out of 5. Not the
favorite of my comic book adapted movie, but it did have some fun
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!