“Hellboy II: The Golden Army” (2008)

This is a slight improvement over the first film. It has everything that was good about the first film (Ron Perlman, the makeup, the visual, the creativity, and Guillermo del Toro’s whimsical-esque direction) but it also fixes some of the issues I had with the first film; namely here, the villain is extremely interesting and memorable, and he’s even given a reasonable and compelling motivation. It’s also quite a bit funnier than the first film, with some genuinely funny and even memorable comedy set pieces that don’t feel out of place. But even though this film is an improvement of its predecessor, there are still some issues. For starters, some of the character development from the first film is backslid, and even some of the elements in this film seem to contradict things set up in the first. And by doing so, they wind up covering ground that other superhero films have done before and done better (like having the general public think of Hellboy as a “monster” and a “freak”), especially when this angle is just kind of dropped halfway through and never resolved. Also, at one point the main characters can literally foil the villains plan simply by destroying an artifact in their possession. But they don’t. For some reason. Still for all my complaining, this is an entertaining film. The visual creativity, as well as its likable characters really shine through in this entry.

Rating: 3.5/5

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