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From visionary writer/director Guillermo del Toro (director of Blade II, The Devil's Backbone) comes Hellboy, a supernatural action adventure based on Mike Mignola's popular Dark Horse Comics series of the same name. Born in the flames of hell and brought to Earth as an infant to perpetrate evil, Hellboy (Ron Perlman) was rescued from sinister forces by the benevolent Dr. Broom (John Hurt), who raised him to be a hero. In Dr. Broom's secret Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense, Hellboy creates an unlikely family consisting of the telepathic "Mer-Man" Abe Sapien (Doug Jones) and Liz Sherman (Selma Blair), the woman he loves who can control fire. Hidden from the very society that theyprotect, they stand as the key line of defense against an evil madman who seeks to reclaim Hellboy to the dark side and use his powers to destroy mankind.
In the ongoing deluge of comic-book adaptations, Hellboy ranks well above average. Having turned down an offer to helm Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in favor of bringing Hellboy's origin story to the big screen, the gifted Mexican director Guillermo del Toro compensates for the excesses of Blade II with a moodily effective, consistently entertaining action-packed fantasy, beginning in 1944 when the mad monk Rasputin--in cahoots with occult-buff Hitler and his Nazi thugs--opens a transdimensional portal through which a baby demon emerges, capable of destroying the world with his powers. Instead, the aptly named Hellboy is raised by the benevolent Prof. Bloom, founder of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, whose allied forces enlist the adult Hellboy (Ron Perlman, perfectly cast) to battle evil at every turn. While nursing a melancholy love for the comely firestarter Liz (Selma Blair), Hellboy files his demonic horns ("to fit in," says Bloom) and wreaks havoc on the bad guys. The action is occasionally routine (the movie suffers when compared to the similar X-Men blockbusters), but del Toro and Perlman have honored Mike Mignola's original Dark Horse comics with a lavish and loyal interpretation, retaining the amusing and sympathetic quirks of character that made the comic-book Hellboy a pop-culture original. He's red as a lobster, puffs stogies like Groucho Marx, and fights the good fight with a kind but troubled heart. What's not to like? --Jeff Shannon
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The plot of this film is pretty interesting, the action sequences are great, and I personally love the CGI seen in this film. The overall movie quality is great, and the story is enjoyable, but I have one problem with the film.
There is so much going on in the film and I'm sure the producers didn't want to make it extremely long, however, there just isn't enough time to develop many of the characters in the film. Hellboy is really the only one that gets much of a significant development in the film, with 'Liz and Myers getting a bit of a side-car ride, but Abe gets nothing in the film and Hellboys "father" doesn't have much development either, so it was a little disappointing to learn so little about the characters the movie invests in, but nothing so big I would say the movie isn't worth watching.
Hellboy is a wonderfully entertaining movie I've enjoyed through several viewings. I have to like a movie a lot to want to watch again!
Lots of other reviews cover the story which seems to honor the graphic novel universe very well. I would not imagine anyone else but Ron Perlman playing the lead role of Hellboy himself. Brilliant! But don't discount the supporting cast (excellent as well), quality of the writing, special effects and great use of music and pacing to keep the story moving forward.
Jeffrey Tambor's role also stands out as he plays the administrator who lives to be a pain in the *** to Hellboy.
Hellboy hits all the right spots for me and has been an entertaining watch that has me laughing out loud every time I see it. Ron Perlman's Hellboy knocks it out of the park with his big stone hand. That's a 5 star movie experience to me.
The DVD is state of the art for professionally produced studio releases, with a crisp clear image and good sound quality.
As far as I am concerned, this film has everything- constantly witty and clever dialog, believable acting, first class sets, great special effects- and most importantly for me, mythological power. What does make a Man? If you raise up a demon from the deepest pit of hell to know the difference between right and wrong, good and evil, does that make him a man? Yes, if you teach him that he has the power to choose his own path- and he takes it. It is even more impressive when the subject has no hope of salvation, yet he chooses light and good for their own sake. And it doesn't hurt to teach him the meaning and power of love....
I'm sure the extra features on the second DVD are first rate, but before I look at them I'm going to watch the entire film on the first disk over again.