Quillermo del Toro’s comic book adaptation of Hellboy hit theaters today with high anticipation. Can this flick score another point for comic book adaptations, or will is end up in the pits of hell like The Hulk? If you head on over to Yahoo! Movies, you can watch 11 clips and three trailers for Revolution Studios new film, which stars Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, John Hurt and Jeffrey Tambor. Check out the official site for more or read on for a review!
Review by Klownzilla, beware of spoilers:
Hellboy is officially the first movie of 2004 to kick my ass and I loved every minute of it. This is one beating that I’d be happy to experience again and again. There’s never a dull moment. I think I spent the whole time in the theater with my jaw hanging down in awe of all the magic that Guillermo Del Toro has presented to audiences. This is one comic book movie that doens’t act like a comic book since it has elements of so many genres, so there’s something for everyone.
Brought to earth from another dimension, Hellboy, a would-be harbinger of the apocalypse, comes to fight for humanity against the many different creatures of the night that pose a threat. And he does so with his incredible strength, cool weapons and that Right Hand of Doom. He and the rest of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (BPRD) fight against another apocalypse brought about by the same evil forces who operated during World War II. Led by Rasputin, these villains are also badasses at what they do. Kroenen is just ****ing awesome! His movements, his skills…this is one guy that you wouldn’t want to mess with. Sammael is one incredible monster. This reptilian baddie reminded me of a Zoanoid from Guyver and the Kothoga from The Relic, but with his own unique style of menace.
The chemistry between all of the actors is wonderful and it makes you feel for each of the characters. Hellboy is clearly the role that Ron Perlman was born to play. Perlman brings him to life with a superb energy through comedy, drama and most importantly, a badass demeanor. John Hurt was well-fit for Professor Broom, the father figure in Hellboy’s life. Their father-son relationship couldn’t have been carried out better. Selma Blair played pyrokenetic Liz Sherman with subtley and compassion. I enjoyed her dramatic scenes with Hellboy. You get a sense of how Hellboy loves her and they really do well together. Doug Jones and David Hyde Pierce both bring Abe Sapien to life successfully in their own ways. With Jones’ physical attributes and Pierce’s vocals, they really make Abe an amazing and realistic gillman. Jeffrey Tambor is the strict BPRD official who is always concerned with keeping Hellboy out of the public eye. I expected him to be a real asshole, but I ended up liking the guy in the end. Rupert Evans was completely believe as newbie Agent Myers. I think he would’ve been great as Herbert West’s young medic assistant in Beyond Re-Animator. And speaking of that film, it was awesome to see Santiago Segura, albeit a cameo.
The CGI was better than I had expected and I’m glad to see that there wasn’t an overuse of it with the characters. I think it’s necessary for some of the apocalyptic scenes since there’s so much supernatural energy going on. For those particular moments, there’s a Lovecraftian vibe created which many will enjoy. Not to mention the Cthulhu-inspired Behemoth. With an impressive array of creatures, plus an end-of-the-world situation, there’s a touch of Ghostbusters happening. In fact, the first time we see Hellboy and the BPRD go on their first mission, I was reminded of the time the Ghostbusters go after Slimer. It was similar to that, but with a lot more physical action and even some gore.
I think I’ve rambled enough and I hope that you all check this movie out. You won’t be disappointed. In fact I’m going to see again this weekend and probably even next week. There’d better be a sequel. This has got to be the best superhero movie I’ve seen since Tim Burton’s Batman. In closing, Hellboy ****ing rocks!
Klownzilla gives Hellboy a perfect FIVE OUT OF FIVE