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Starring: Ron Perlman, Doug Jones, Selma Blair, John Hurt, Rupert Evans, Corey Johnson, Karel Roden, Brian Caspe
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Columbia Pictures
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Kiddie Movie: There are some scary scenes, so maybe not too young.
Date Movie: Only if they're a comic book fan.
Gratuitous Sex: Nope, Hellboy and Liz don't do the nasty.
Gratuitous Violence: There's some killing going on.
Action: There's some chasing going on.
Laughs: Hellboy is actually a pretty funny dude.
Memorable Scene: Hellboy on the rooftop with the little kid.
Memorable Quote: Nothing stands out.
Directed By: Guillermo del Toro
Produced By: Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin, Mike Richardson

A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:52 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
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 along.

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 spots.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!


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