Hellboy II: The Golden Army
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The fate of mankind hangs in the balance when a ruthless prince awakens an unstoppable army of creatures and wages war with the human world. It’s up to Hellboy and his team of paranormal outcasts to face off with the forces of darkness in the ultimate battle of good versus evil! From the visionary director of Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy II: The Golden Army takes you into fantastical worlds with imaginative creatures and thrilling fight sequences unlike anything you’ve ever seen before!
The feverish Hellboy II: The Golden Army is a very busy sequel that might have looked unhinged in the hands of a less visionary director than Guillermo del Toro. Ron Perlman returns as Hellboy, aka "Red," the Dark Horse Comics demon-hero with roots in the mythical world but personal ties in the human realm. Still working, as he was in Hellboy, for a secret department of the federal government that deals (as in "Men In Black") with forces of the fantastic, Red and his colleagues take on a royal elf (Luke Goss) determined to smash a longtime truce between mankind and the forces of magic. Meanwhile, Red's relationship with girlfriend Liz (Selma Blair), who can burst into flames at will, is going through a rocky stage observed by Red's fishy friend Abe (Doug Jones), himself struck by love in this film. Del Toro brilliantly integrates the ordinary and extraordinary, diving into an extended scene set in a troll market barely hidden behind the façade of typical city streets. He also unleashes a forest monster that devastates an urban neighborhood, but then--interestingly--brings a luminous beauty to the same area as the creature (an "elemental") succumbs to a terrible death. Del Toro's art direction proves masterful, too, in a climactic battle set in a clockworks-like stronghold tucked away in rugged Irish landscape. But it's really the juxtaposition of visual marvels with not-so-unusual relationship issues that gives Hellboy II a certain jaunty appeal hard to find in other superhero movies. --Tom Keogh
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The CGI in this film is as great as the first, and the acting is just as superb, but there is one complaint I have with this film. The ending.
The movie has a great plot and a great climax of the story but the way it ends leaves it open for a third installment, but so far we have nothing. I find movies that set up a hole for a third installment, but never fill it to be disappointing. It feels as though there is a section of Hellboy's story that we will never see on the silver screen because there isn't a third movie, but who knows, maybe someday with all these continuations and reboots and remasters running around nowadays.
Aside from the ending, the film is great and certainly worth a watch if you enjoyed the first film.
You get *two* digital copies: an Ultraviolet version, and the same code can be redeemed in iTunes as well. I appreciate the codes that give us two options like this.
This is a good movie in a cool Steelbook to add to your collection.
Del Toro's sequel is rich in detail, amazing sets and strange creatures. Unfortunately, it doesn't surpass the sequel because it is alittle too campy at times. The visuals are stunning and the story compelling. The campiness doesn't hurt the movie and is a must own for Hellboy fans.
NOW FOR MY BLU RAY THOUGHTS: I can't rave enough about how beautiful this transfer is! Universal does it again. The golds, ambers, reds and blues are wonderful. The sound is rich and robust. All special features are ported over. FINAL VERDICT: UPGRADE WORTHY!
Hellboy better known as `Red' throughout the movies, finds himself along with his friends in the midst of the battle that is about to come about once again and stop the `Prince Nuada' from starting this war once again. On top of that `Red' and Liz are having a few issues to work out, not only that Abe falls for Princess Nuala, and the worst part is that she's tied in with her brother Nuada, meaning what happens to him happens to her as well. Everything in this movie seems to be just as good as the first installment of the series, though the CGI was also just as good as the first if not maybe better than the first. I don't think I really have any complaints towards the movie, that I feel that it could've been a bit better, but not by too much though. Some of the special feature are interesting view on the movie and add to what was brought to the table. Although I don't like how the 3 Disc Special Edition, the 3rd disc was just a digital copy of the movie. Overall I give it 4.5 stars out of 5.