(This is Hellboy film review, which is a live action remake of the superhero film released in 2004)
This Hellboy is essentially a remake of the 2004 and 2008 Hellboy film series and it has lots of catching up to do to best these two predecessors. With Guillermo del Toro out of the frame, and replaced by Neil Marshal, would this film be able to surpass them? I mean, he is well known for directing several episodes of Game of Thrones, so I assume that it’s gonna be gore or filled with plenty of deaths.
Furthermore, we have new actors such as David Harbour as the titular hornless superhero; and Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae Kim, and Thomas Haden Church. And this reboot is truly a full reboot with none of the previous actors appearing at all.
I’m a big fan of the comics to be honest and I rather liked the Guillermo del toro movies and I like David Harbour as an actor so I was really really rooting for this movie. However, from the moment I saw the trailer it already seemed like there was way too much going on for its 2 hour runtime and alas I was unfortunately proven right. This movie is a mess… But it is a hell of a mess haha.
So let’s delve into hell in the Hellboy film review below!
When an evil ancient Blood Queen was sliced apart from a betrayal by her own coven and King Arthur, she vowed to destroy the world when she was pieced back again. Fast forward to the present, Hellboy is tasked with solving supernatural phenomenons. But as he gets nearer to the truth behind his birth and birthright, he would have to choose between humanity and his demon side encouraged by the Blood Queen. What will he do?
Hellboy Film Review
The plot of this movie actually mishes and mashes a lot of minor plots from the comics into one of the major plots of the comics. This was not done well and the movie just ended up rushing from scene to scene. The transitions were super jarring, think the king Arthur movie directed by guy Ritchie except that they don’t even try to hide the fact that they’re trying to speed things up.
As a film this just felt more like a collection of badass action sequences being strung together by a very thin thread.
There were so many characters and lore introduced with mentions to back stories that normal moviegoers know nothing about and it felt more like fan service for fans of the comic? But it was not done well at all. As a film this just felt more like a collection of badass action sequences being strung together by a very thin thread.
I actually really liked David Harbour’s Hellboy and his father too. The rest of the numerous characters, of which there were just way too many, never really got fleshed out so I really didn’t care too much for them? This movie had a much more campy comic book feel as compared to the more grounded and serious tones of del toro’s films. But the comic books for Hellboy are actually very serious and artsy and not campy in the slightest lol.
It was just gory for the sake of being gory
Now the m18 version of this movie is very gory and it was very gratuitous but….. It was just gory for the sake of being gory. It didn’t really serve any purpose nor did I feel it really added anything to the plot and after a while I even felt a bit tired like ok I get it this movie is “mature” and holds nth back woooo fountains of blood and body parts strewn all about. Alright. But if that’s where your budget went instead of the writing you obviously focused on the wrong thing.
Honestly I know I basically blasted the movie but I did have fun with certain scenes. As a film it fails pretty badly in my opinion, but if you’re a fan of the comics I think it’s still worth a watch to see how certain storylines are reproduced. Soundtrack had some pretty nice rock tracks but it does not save the movie.