Ron Perlman is back as the cigar-puffing, kitten-loving agent for the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense. Having missed the original, I only recognized while watching the sequel what a debt Hancock owes to [Mike Mignola] and del [Guillermo del Toro]. Like Will Smiths character in that picture, Perlman's is a crime fighter who has serious PR problems and a fondness for booze. Like Hancock's, Hellboy's public has mixed feelings about him, in this case no doubt stemming from the fact that he's huge, red, equipped with a tail and, you know, a devil.This is a big dumb summer movie, and del Toro knows it. He's not out to create great cinema here; he's out to have a good time with the millions at his disposal, and what floats his boat more than anything is filling the screen with fanciful life forms and wondrously strange worlds. The George Lucas of his v generation, he's like a kid in an eye-candy store.While thin on story and a bit uneven, the filmmaker's latest finds him at his most creatively playful, and that's good news for viewers who take their celluloid with a dash of psychedelia. You may see a runnier or more exciting movie this summer, but it's doubtful you'll run into one that's further out there. It may not be all it might have been, but this is one army you won't regret joining.
Hellboy Ii: The Golden Army
movie reviewsHellboy II: The Golden Army ***GOLDEN OLDIESDel Toro's followup pits everybody's favorite kitten-loving demon against a massive force of ancient mechanical warriors.Pans Labyrinth proved that Spanish director Guillermo de...