Well, husband and I went to watch the new Hellboy, and I thought I’d write a quick review. One of the reasons I liked the first Hellboy was, of course, the religious tidbits throughout, and that is what I was hoping for in this installment…unfortunately I felt let down. The main plotline revolves around a much more “fairy-tale” like theme. Having also watched Pan’s Labrynth I wasn’t surprised to see several similarities, given that Guillermo del Toro was the director and main writer. However, if I’d wanted Pan’s Labrynth part 2, I’d have held out for an actual sequel.
Both my husband and I felt that Hellboy’s character development had regressed since the first go around, which doesn’t seem to flow logically from where the last movie left off. There was a lot of big CGI fights, so if that is your cup of tea, go for it. I also missed Rupert Evans as Myers.
On the positive side, there was a lot of humor written into the movie…and I enjoyed watching Luke Goss as the Prince (He’s also intriguing to watch as Xerxes in One Night with the King) and my favourite scenes were the elfin martial arts action shots. So overall, if you have to drive any distance, I’d save my gas and ticket money for something else. If you are where you can get to a theater relatively cheaply, and you enjoy a lot of action, especially CG, in a movie it was worth the price of admission if there isn’t something else you’d rather see. Of course there was plenty of violence, and some language as well; it’s rated PG-13.