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Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Released: 2008

Genre: Action & Adventure

Runtime: 2 hr 0 min

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Director: Guillermo del Toro

Starring: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, Jeffrey Tambor, Luke Goss, Anna Walton, John Hurt, Seth Mcfarlane

Hellboy must stop a vengeful princes from starting a war between humans and mythical creatures.

Equally impactful as drama, action and comedy.

Review by: TomElce

Added: 7 years ago

When the vengeful Prince Nuada (Luke Goss) rises from the Earth intending to start a war between humankind and the beings of his mythical world, it serves as the catalyst for bright-red crimestopper Hellboy (Ron Perlman) to leap into action, all while the responsibility of being a parent hovers over the horizon. Unbeknownst to him, firey girlfriend Liz (Selma Blair) is pregnant, so as he goes about combating creatures-as-special-effect-masterpieces an altogether more personal duty threatens. Director Guillermo Del Toro, ever the master of combining special effects with dramatic heft, has concocted a superhero film as simultaneously badass and emotionally gratifying as anything that immediately springs to mind, presenting for a second go-around a hero in Perlman's Hellboy who is both sarcastically badass and welcomingly soulful -- beneath the exterior is a heart that allows us, the audience, to feel for him as death and chaos transpires all around him.

With Prince Nuada battling to begin an unimaginable war involving the seemingly unstoppable army of the title, images as singularly captivating as anything in cinema's CGI-lovefest are bestowed upon us by Del Toro, such as the positively gorgeous follow-up to one giant monster's death. The palpable emotion immediately felt after this moment, when Liz goes up in flames before a crowd of people for the first time out of her defiance to their unwarranted disdain for the heroic Hellboy, pretty much sums up that which makes Del Toro's films so attractive to experience. Hellboy II: The Golden Army may not be the out-and-out masterpiece that the director's Pan's Labyrinth -- his best film, in this reviewer's opinion -- is, but it is much more preferable to that which passes as studio fare nowadays, equally impactful as drama, action and comedy.