Saturday, November 22, 2008


With a fresh rating of 88% on Rotten Tomatoes, Hellboy II: The Golden Army has done well especially for a sequel. I became a fan of Guillermo del Toro ever since I saw The Devil’s Backbone a few years ago. Del Toro hit the major scene after the filming Red’s first film. Then came Pan’s Labyrinth and he was a sensation.

In case you didn’t already know, he is slated to direct The Hobbit.

So back to Hellboy deuce. Snazzy sets, wonderful creatures, great costumes, and playful dialogue make for a fun comic book adaptation. Some may find the plot to be a bit singularly played, as it is a straight shot from beginning to end. Besides the romantic detour between Red and his flaming love interest, the story is a linear horse race to the end, but it is interesting and fun. The good guys win … duh. You should have known that going in.

The introduction of the good doctor added a nice piece of drama to the already strained interpersonal relationships. We’ve all worked at a place where the new boss is not warmly welcomed by the one employee who thinks he’s the star.

Man, was it ever nice to have time to sit down and actually watch a movie. That’s hard to do in the midst of graduate school. It was a much needed escape from the homelywork of the day.

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