When the Nazi’s open a gateway to another world in an attempt to get help with world domination a young demon comes through. Soon rescued from them, he is raised to adulthood and fights evil instead.
Ron Perlman (Hellboy), John Hurt (Trevor), Selma Blair (Liz), Rupert Evans (John), Karel Roden (Grigori), Doug Jones (Abe).
I often avoid comic book based movies as they can be very campy and unrealistic and although Hellboy has some of those qualities it is also quite entertaining. The film kicks off with a brief jog down memory lane that immediately sets the plot for the rest of the movie. After that it is mostly about kicking butt and showing off the characters with a bit of drama tossed in, probably for plot validation. The comedy sprinkled throughout the film really helps make it believable. Without it Hellboy would have been a completely unrealistic superhero with less than impressive powers.
The plot moves nicely throughout the film with only one or two slow spots which are easily overlooked by the action scenes. Drama in the plot is nicely underplayed so as to not detract from the rest of the movie but supports it instead.
Acting was fun in this one. Perlman was nicely animated yet played well against Blair, who brought good depth and emotion to the film. Hurt did nicely as a father figure while Jones toughed it out in a fish suit quite well. The remainder of the cast was solid.
Special effects and CGI are very nicely done in this film. As many effects as there were it would have been easy to go over the top and push the film off the scale past unrealistic (think The Hulk) but that didn’t happen. The creatures were reasonable given the story and character effects were nicely done without going overboard.
Camera work, sound, sets, and dialogue were all nicely done giving the movie a good quality feel.
Overall, a nicely done comic book sci-fi that is quite easy to watch. If you are looking for mental stimulation you won’t find much here but, if you want to just sit back, let your mind wander, and be entertained with some action and fantasy this is a very good choice.
Some violence, no nudity or foul language though so this one should be fine for preens and above.
copyright ©2014 Dave Riedel
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