I was never a big fan of Hellboy. On second thought, I hardly like the comic and I hated the first movie. One could start an endless debate here, so I will use the ultimate secret technique of personal taste and get away with it ^^
I was curious however, to see what del Toro would do with the sequel and I publicly admit that although in most cases the sequels are worse than the first movie (“If you’d told us the truth, we would’ve told you to shove that red pill right up your ass“), I almost always watch them.
For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, I do not intend to spoil the fun (hence the “no spoilers” in the title), just say a few thoughts, some things I liked, some things I didn’t and maybe arrange an appointment with a shrink, because the things I liked were more than the things I didn’t like and I actually found it to be a pretty enjoyable movie.
The basic story is that the creatures of mythos, have been cast away by the humans, who did not honor the truce, after a bloody war that took place millenia ago. Nuada, Prince of the Elves, cannot stand to see his people live in hiding, so he takes it to himself, to awaken the golden army, in order to rule over the humans. Guess who is caught in the middle of this. Right. Hellboy, the son of S, has to choose sides and work out the problems in his relationship with Liz at the same time.
Well, the concept of a world existing in the shadow of another world, is not new, you’ve seen it before, so expect the usual, pumped up by Hellboy’s attitude. Relationships? You have to admit that seeing this from a different point of view (that would be the relationship between a hell spawn and a girl on fire) makes it somehow interesting.
I found what they did with the elves intriguing, not quite sure whether I liked it or not to tell you the truth, but I know I liked this one! Elves are supposed to be slender and beautiful with heightened features, proud and arrogant and trust me they were, but in a twisted, creepy sort of way. I’d like to hear another opinion on this, so feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.
Yeah, it was not a spectacular movie, I don’t even know if I will watch it again (unless I stumble upon it late at night on TV), but I would be lying if I told you I didn’t enjoy it.