Hellboy II: The Golden Army Review

I’m aware it’s too late to make an analysis of it on the show with our Batmonth going on. But here’s my write up from yesterday.

After I was very entertained by the first film and read a bit of the Darkness Calls comic storyline (which was decent). While enjoying this sequel, I expected more out of it. Doug Jones (Abe Sapien) almost stole the show from Ron Perlman. That talk about of him having action on par with Red was frivolous, but the scene that saved it was Hellboy and him were getting drunk and singing their blues (Barry Manilow’s Can’t Smile Without You) was absolutely hilarious. But the funniest scene in the film was the sparring of Red and the spirit Johann Krauss (voiced by Family Guy creator, Seth MacFarlane) in the locker room.

Doug has come a long way since getting his vocals buried by Fox’s failed recogniton having Laurence Fishburne waste his time doing Silver Surfer. I’m just SO glad he was FINALLY able to voice his character this time around. It fits the role so much better then David Hyde Pierce (Fraiser). Abe’s relationship with Princcess Nuala played by Anna Walton was interesting and nice, I really felt bad for him when she died in his arms.

The creatures here were amazing. The Dark Elf, Prince Nuada (Luke Gross aka Nomak from Blade II) who’s performance was good, the Orger, but the best monster was the Death merchant. Nice seeing John Hurt (Alien) return as Professor Broom in the opening flashback.

Abe was more entertaining to watch then the title character. Director, Guimero Del Toro mentioned on the commentary for the first one said he didn’t instruct Ron while filming. In this one it seemed a bit overboard, cause Ron spouted HB’s catchphrase too many times for it to matter during the finale. The relationship with Liz Sherman (Selma Blair) was off putting, cause she continues to complain about living in the world and bunking with her boyfriend BLAH BLAH BLAH. The animated version from IDT Entertainment’s last feature, Blood & Iron was less annoying.

This is a nitpick, while the music composed by Danny Elfman (Batman, Darkman, Spider-Man 1 & 2) was okay, there was no sign of Marco Beltrami’s theme. The family dynamic? Why? This brings back bad memories of Superman’s Kid in Singer’s Homage. The character that gave the first one it’s heart, Agent Myers (Rupert Evans) is gone, like Rush Hour 3 when Isabella (Roselyn Sanchez) was taken out of the picture.

So as I’ve stated at the start of the post I liked the movie but I need to see it again on DVD later to understand why this film troubles me so.

Rating: 7