The imagination is here; the ornate cinematography & production design that one expects from a del Toro film are irrefutable. But this feels compromised somewhat. It's as if GDT was still working within the limitations of the studio. Not to the same extent of his previous work, but enough to create a tonal inconsistency. It survives as a fine piece of entertainment, but not quite the artistic statement of its sequel.
Felicitări Guillermo Del Toro! Așa am văzut "Hellboy" pentru prima dată dar m-am surprins cît de plictisitor este acest film. Nu funcționează în mod tragic în ciuda personajelor atrăgătoare și artei somptuoase de către Mike Mignola. Act roșu al lui Ron Perlman se irosește deloc. // おめでとうギレルモ・デル・トロ！ということで「ヘルボーイ」を観たが、こんなにも詰まらないとは驚いた。魅力的なキャラクターや豪華絢爛な美術にも関わらず、今作は悲劇的なほど機能していない。ロン・パールマンの真っ赤な演技の完全なる無駄遣いだ。
In the early 00s, with the superhero gold rush picking up steam, Del Toro was one of the precious few directors who could give FX and CGI a sense of personality—which means that Hellboy still looks great, even after 15 years of tech advancements. It feels no less passionate or committed than his more explicitly personal films, and if the rules of the game aren't exactly tidy, the storytelling relish caries the day.
It is easy to see that the director loves the comic book and has given Ron Perlman a role that he seem perfect for. Selma Blair is surprisingly believable as depressed pyrotechnic girl. Excellent makeup. The white agent rookie dude is only there for people who don't understand the story and the film has an anti-climatic ending though.
This is one of those times where I watched the sequel before the first one so I didn't really understand much of it. While I do get a clearer picture of Hellboy now, I want more details of his world. Now that I've seen this, I'm definitely giving the sequel another go.
Guillermo del Toro brings the big red comic book character to life, with a good amount of help from Ron Perlman in the lead role, and gives viewers a fun origin story that leads in to a great paranormal adventure. Doug Jones, Selma Blair, John Hurt, Jeffrey Tambor, Rupert Evans lend support in the team of good guys, while the baddies are entertainingly threatening and/or sinister.
Del Toro's opulent conception and Ron Perlman's perfect characterisation bring this dark comic hero to life. Hellboy is above all a very human hero, easy to empathise with and feel for. And the budget is there for Del Toro to recreate a dark, Gothic and grandiose atmosphere. If the film does lose momentum at times is mainly due to the weakness of its plot and its uncharismatic villains.