Hellboy 2: The Golden Army (2008)

Dir. Guillermo del Toro

I’m not recommending this even though some of you might be satisfied with it. Maybe Tony and John (who I know liked the first film) would enjoy this.

To me, the story isn’t that great and the characters–which were appealing in the first film–fail to get me to care. The emerging relationships (and the lack of the father-son relationship) wasn’t very compelling or convincing to me. Then actors also weren’t able to bring their characters to life, and I don’t recall feeling the same way in the first film. Sometimes adaptations work because they rely on viewers knowledge from the source material to fill in blanks that the film leaves out. Maybe that’’s the case here. In any event, the film just felt sluggish to me.

The costumes and blend of cgi and “real” fx were well-done as in other films by del Toro. Other directors should look at the way he balances these things. (I wish the same kind of creativity would be in the script.)

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