Tuesday, May 26, 2009

26 Capes Later: Day Twenty-Four

Movie: Hellboy
Release Date: 2004
Runtime: 120 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Action
Synopsis: "The stylish direction of Guillermo del Toro makes this colorful adaptation of Mike Mignola's graphic novel a lot more entertaining than it might have been in less capable hands. The principal character, after all, isn't just some costumed do-gooder; he's a supernatural being whose origin is considerably less benign than that of the average comic-book crime fighter. Hellboy (portrayed by Ron Perlman), a genuine spawn of the netherworld, is found in the waning days of World War II by Professor Trevor Bruttenholm (John Hurt), who also looks after other mutants kept safe from prying eyes in a secret compound. When the reincarnated Grigori Rasputin -- yes, that Rasputin -- unleashes long-suppressed demonic forces against America, the FBI enlists Hellboy's aid in combating the inhuman creatures doing the evil mesmerist's bidding. Perlman, having played bestial characters before, brings much-needed warmth and humor to Hellboy. He's well supported by Hurt and Selma Blair, properly enigmatic and more than a little wistful as Liz Sherman, whose pyro-kinetic abilities make her dangerous to be around. Doug Jones, totally unrecognizable in makeup and prosthetics, turns in a fine performance as Abe Sapien (voiced by David Hyde Pierce), the half-man/half-fish who aids Hellboy when the FBI comes calling. Very much like the comic books it brings to life, Hellboy pulsates with energy and teems with dynamic visual effects. While the film has wry, humorous moments, it never condescends to its audience. That's more than can be said for many comic-book movies; and for that, del Toro deserves considerable credit."

Hellboy is good, but they could have gone just a little lighter on their repetitive use of a certain swear word. Because it seemed, like, he used it at least once every sentence. Other than that I really enjoyed watching movie.

I think the beginning of the movie was better than the end. Because the end just seemed kind of anticlimactic. Sammael was just plain ugly and kind of gross. No wonder the baddies picked him. I think the funniest thing about Hellboy was his love of cats (he had a lot of them).
When Kroenen was on the examining table he reminded me a little bit of some straight out of a cheesy horror flick with his lack of lips and eyelids.
My favorite part of the movie was the beginning of the movie when they were trying to stop the Nazi's from bringing about the apocalypse.
My least favorite part would have to have been when H.B. was spying on Agent Myers and Liz, it was frankly kind of dull.

Dame Orchid

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