“Hellboy” (2004)

This superhero film is entertaining, if a bit on the flawed side. There is quite a bit to like about this film. Ron Perlman is a great Hellboy, the action is good, the visuals are extremely creative and impressive, and the makeup work is absolutely incredible. So why am I not singing as high praises for this film as I feel like I should? I think a lot of it is because of missed opportunity. Whenever I think of the name “Hellboy” I conjure up some really dark and twisted imagery, and incredibly dark humor. But overall, this felt surprisingly tame and safe. Also, the villains are just completely dull, lifeless and forgettable. But is this film solid? Absolutely. It’s a nice, creative and entertaining film that definitely benefits from having Guillermo del Toro in the director’s chair. There’s not really much else to really say; it’s a solid, enjoyable film that could’ve been better.

Rating: 3.5/5

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