Great monster design and costumes, slick cinematography, and an overall wonderfully imaginative world from Guillermo (nothing less was expected). These films redefine the superhero/comic book film, and it's about damn time. It's a shame I waited four years to get around to seeing this, but it was worth the wait - fantastic entertainment.
This is the superhero of movie of 2008 that actually subverts the genre. Del Toro deliberately sets Hellboy up as the defender of mundane things--bureaucrats, shoppers and strip malls and so forth. Hellboy's pitted against an ancient fantastical creature, and the audience cheers when Hellboy kills it. I also love the use of art direction to subliminally tell the story of Liz Sherman concealing her pregnancy.
Of course it has great cinematography and special effects, but the best thing about it is that we believe these bizarre creatures as real characters and care for their agonies and their inner conflicts, as these characters play a morally complex and reach drama before our eyes we can't help but be deeply touched.
Good sequel with bigger laughs, bigger monsters and bigger actions set pieces. My only gripe with this one is that there are too many monsters! I didn't like the troll market scene cause it brought the whole thing too close to the Muppet Show for me. The best thing about the first Hellboy is that the monsters are lonely outcasts more or less. In this one there are tons of them which diminishes their importance to me.
That's a hell of fun, yay. A simple and joyful salute to Adams, Gaiman and Lucas works. Amusing lines, great vision of the whole psychedelic world of everything and the make-up artist of the diobò. Perlman is a lovely guy and Selma Blair the greatest woman of history if history was ruled by my sperm.
Nice second instalment. Visually, the creatures seem influenced by Del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth, released two years earlier, (and two years after the first Hellboy). And it's good to see that with the second film there was actually some improvement and (bold) exploration done. Instead of what sometimes happens in these cases - the infusion of brainless action, trying to exploit the first movie, without adding.to it.
It looks like Pan's Labyrinth has given this film a needed boost in quality, as it also deals w/ mythical creatures & fantastic images to accompany its comic book baseline. With a bigger budget, better humor, & a story grounded in ancient stories rather than comic book Nazis, this superior sequel is a visual feast & impressively acted by the majority of the cast. That troll market is marvelous...