In the final days of World War II, the Nazis attempt to use black magic to aid their dying cause. The Allies raid the camp where the ceremony is taking place, but not before a demon—Hellboy—has already been conjured. Joining the Allied forces, Hellboy eventually grows to adulthood, serving the cause of good rather than evil.
Del Toro brings this somewhat obscure, but great comic book to life in a magnificent manner! It has a great sense of humor and an overall atmosphere to it. It's grim and dark, but not overbearingly so! Ron Perlman is great as Hellboy and the rest are good too. Awesome monster/creature designs and great action as well! Top notch!
One of my favorite movies. Hellboy is one of the those movies I didn't truly appreciate when I first saw it. I first saw it on Cable TV in a hotel when I was a kid. As a kid I enjoyed it, but I didn't think of it as anything more than just action film. a good one, but as a kid, I never saw it as anymore. On re-watching it as an adult, I Find it may be one of my favorite films ever. Guillermo Del Toro, in tradition, turns Pulp into Poetry. Hellboy has some of his best defined characters.Hellboy is the reverse chosen one. Instead of the farm boy destined to prophecieded to save the world, He is told to destroy. But thanks to the nurturing of Professor Broom, He decides to fight for everything good and just.What keeps this entire dilemma engaging is Hellboy's constant attitude. He is a hero, and you root for him. But it's very visible that if the wrong thing happened, He could turn to the dark side.Anyone self conscious will relate to Hellboy, and for the record Hellboy and LIz is easily one of the best movie couples ever. This movie is fantastic.
This film is held up by pillars of style. It is a bag of cool camera shots and ideas for cool scenes (something its sequel would expand upon). On their own, these shots are great, containing a wonderful integration of color themes, shot composition, make up and interesting props. Even the outdated CGI doesn't look too bad, mostly because the digital effects are properly mixed in with practical effects. But the bindings that tie these cool shots together into an actual story are of poor quality and I found myself constantly trying to ignore the annoying nonsense in between the good stuff...in vain. Here is an example. A monster jumps through the front of a moving subway train and out of the other end, as it tries to run away from Hellboy. Hellboy, however, gets dragged under the said train for a while and then gets left on the ground. However, in the next shot, the monster is standing directly above Hellboy, looking around. This kind of nonsense is non-stop, permeating the movie from beginning to end, and it is very distracting.Hellboy is one of Ron Pearlman's better roles, despite the fact that his face is under a layer of make-up and his lines mostly consist of monotone gruffs. Jeffrey Tambor's and Doug Jones' characters provide a good colorful counterbalance to the said gruffness of the main character. However, everybody's lackluster dialogue complements the aforementioned flawed storytelling and together they keep this movie below its potential.I am glad the makers fixed a lot of the problems in the sequel. This first film is still worth watching though, even if only for the charm.
Movie Review: "Hellboy" (2004)Based on rarely-known "Dark Horse Comic" series created by Mike Mignola, then adapted with immense passion by director Guillermo Del Toro with regard to a fantasy-version of a Dark-Magic-raising "Nazi" party in aftermath a lost "Third Reich" scenario, led by pleasure-treat receiving ultra-stark designed in costume to striking villain appearances actor Karel Roden, who as the character of Gregori Rasputin combines all inherent virtues of historical dictacting figures from Joseph Stalin (1878-1953) to Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) under the influence, when actor Ron Perlman owns the show in striking deep-red full-body make-up effects that become exceedingly convincing that "Hellboy" stands apart to this day in comic book science-fiction-action splendors, highly recommended for a revisit in home entertaining "4K" resolutions or even first-look-surprises due to the shear velocity of visual reception with well-directed supports including Selma Blair as pyrokinetic freak-lady to tease "Hellboy" into a interweaving relationship and perfroming artists Doug Jones as full-body prothetics-wearing, show-stealing character of water-loving, telekinetic fish creature "Abe Sapien".Producer Lawrence Gordon, action-movie veteran from 1980s responsible for "Predator" starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, raises a 66-Million-Dollar for a high-end use by director Guillermo Del Toro, for whom at age 39 the dream of Hollywood film-making becomes reality, brings everything to the table he creatively stands-for since his first feature David Cronenberg's "The Fly" homaging gothic fairy-tale "Cronos" (1993). Supporting cast surrounding perfoming artist Doug Jones as mesmerizing character of "Abe Sapien" and "Godfather" indulging John Hurt as little "Hellboy" saving and raising character Trevor Bruttenholm at the fictious "Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense", letting "Hellboy" become the politcal-correct Comic-Superior action movie that entertains the utmost in its 115-Minute-Cut by editor Peter Amundsen, running "The Thin Red Line" of being shy of R-rated blood-splashing graphic violence, which would may have destroyed the admirably childhood dream mentality to let "Hellboy" just being a great fantasy-character-driven fighting-spirit event movie of a fair variation of the stop-the-world-dominion-seeking nemesis versus "Hellboy" with respects to a highly-talented film director. © 2018 Felix Alexander Dausend Cinemajesty Entertainments LLC