Hellboy II : The Golden Army

Directed by Guillermo del Toro
Written by Guillermo del Toro & Mike Mignola
Starring: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, Jeffrey Tambor, Luke Goss, Anna Walton & John Hurt
Release Year: 2008
IMDB rating: 7.5

Hellboy’s back and he’s bound for fighting the Golden Army controlled by Prince Nuada. Apparently, the prince was kinda fed up with what the humans did to environment, such as continuously building malls and all while cutting down forests. His sister, Princess Nuala somehow wanted to keep the treaty between humans and magical creatures intact even if it will risk the demise of the magical creatures.

Simple plot, and predictable one, too. But then I wonder which one’s the bad one? If the urge to fight for existence is justified, then Prince Nuada should be on the ‘right’ side. Alas, that would not be a ‘good’ Hellboy’s movie, right? So, unfortunately the Prince should settle for the ‘wrong’ side.

I am not a hard-core fan of Hellboy, so I hope I can evaluate this movie from a rather neutral perspective. The visuals were good, along with the attractive action-sequence. The story, not that entirely great. I felt that for a Hellboy movie, it failed to dig into the main character and rather it was tilted to Abe Sapien and Prince Nuada, thus the acting highlights were mostly taken by these two. Also, there were instances where Hellboy was rather too comical and displaying childish behavior. But then again, hence the name, Hell’boy’?

Despite the title: Golden Army, Hellboy only spent a small time to kick the asses of those mechanical constructs. I actually imagined the horde would be running amok on the streets of New York. Too bad, though. It could have been a fantastic sight.

Overall, it was a somewhat entertaining movie, but nothing serious to make this a truly memorable one. With a plus only at visuals, I give Hellboy II a 6.5. Let’s hope Hellboy III would do much, much better.

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