Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
Reviewed on 2008 November 24
Very nice continuation of the Hellboy saga, with lots of eye candy, humor, and monsters. And of course, kitties.
Hellboy (Ron Perlman) still works with his buddy Abe Sapien (Doug Jones) and is trying to forge a relationship with the love of his life, Liz Sherman (Selma Blair). Liz is not entirely happy with the way things are working out, but soon neither she nor Hellboy have much time to discuss it. Prince Nuada (Luke Goss) of the mythical realm is angry with the inhabitants of our world, feeling we puny mortals are usurping his kingdom. He wants to take what he feels is his rightful place in the world, and is looking for the remaining pieces of a powerful crown. The piece was given to us as an olive branch after a war between man and mythic, which angers Nuada even more. Once the crown is assembled, the wearer can control the indestructible Golden Army. Nuada is pretty nasty by himself, but with that army behind him, even the Big Baby may not be able to stop him.
This Hellboy seemed even more like a Guillermo Del Toro fairy tale than the first one. The tooth fairies were as brilliant as they were disgusting. The special effects and creatures were dazzling, even when they were gruesome, and we even get to see a glimpse of a young Red as an innocent little imp, listening to a bedtime story read by Professor Bruttenholm (John Hurt). It’s an interesting window into someone who came a long way from that to a cynical, cat-hoarding, beer-loving antihero.
Two chocolate morsels, and one of Red’s Tecates.