Movie Review - Hellboy 2
Starring Ron Pearlman, Selma Blair, and Doug Jones.
Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and some language.
Hellboy 2 is a sequel to the original Hellboy film which was based on the comic book of the same name. The first flick dealt with his origin and then threw us into an adventure with him all grown up. The sequel picks up the story lines started in the first as well as revealing some more about his youth. This is a pretty formulaic summer movie but has got enough goofy fun, that it manages to win you over.
I was slightly impressed with the first Hellboy, but not a converted fan. Overtime, I managed to watch the first flick more than a couple times for different reasons and started to enjoy the character even more after repeat viewings. Thus, I was very excited to get a chance at watching a new flick starring Hellboy. This new flick tells the story of a war between humans and mythical beings such as elves, goblins, and what not. This war was being won by the humans when the elf king had an army built that would be indestructible, merciless, and would never need rest. It was called the Golden Army and soon laid waste to the human army. The elf king was struck with regret and tore apart the crown that controlled the Golden Army and gave one piece to the humans and kept the other two pieces as a truce to end the war. This truce for humans to stay in the cities and the elves to stay in the forests would last until present day when the son of the king comes back to restore the elf kingdom to its previous glory.
As such, Hellboy is there to stop this new evil. It's a great ride and manages to pack in a lot of character development and growth alongside all the action. Both of our main characters fall in love during this flick and deal with the turmoils of romance at the same time they are saving the world. This mix provides some great laughs and genuinely involves the audience in the heroes story.
The director is extremely imaginative and creatively fills every scene with visual wonders. There are tons of amazing visuals from backgrounds to set pieces and back to the most unique creatures to grace the screen. I found myself quite dazzled by the creatures and there movements. It made the movie much more fleshed out and helped create the effect that yes there are these marvelous creatures hidden in our world.
This movie was very fun to watch with great action, special effects, humor, and drama. I recommend checking it out while you can at Cinema 3 in McCook. Check out showtimes at www.fridleytheatres.com.