Hellboy (2004) Reviewed

HELLBOY (2004)
Director, Guillermo del Toro’s (Mimic) superhero fantasy plays out without all of the pomp and circumstance associated with other tights-clad heroes, despite the fact that Hellboy‘s mythology is far more fantastic and gothic. Hellboy is a normal day-glo-red stone-handed demon living among humans and working for a paranormal research branch of the FBI. John Hurt is the kindly keeper of the fed’s underground freak show and has raised Hellboy as his son. Hellboy loves cats and eats gigantic bowls of chilli. The story revolves around the second coming of Rasputin (!) and his mission to bring Hellboy back to the dark side in an effort to blah-blah-blah. David Hyde Pierce has an uncredited role as the voice of Abe Sapien, a nifty-looking psychic fish man. Selma Blair is underused as Liz, Hellboy’s firestarter love-interest. By the last half hour the plot (the movie’s weakest attribute) gets tangled up in itself, but there’s a thread revolving around unrequited love that keeps us interested. Ron Perlman’s performance manages to convey both a teen-like naiveté and a hero’s selfless leadership.
***

~ by Number5ive on February 18, 2010.

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