I am a huge fan of Hellboy and am looking forward to the new film. Hopefully, now that Del Toro's profile is higher it will do well and even more Hellboy films can be made. The first film had it's critics. But I think it was great.
I watched Hellboy for the first time last week. The only thing I knew about it before sitting down in front of the tele was the name of the director and that it was about some big red demon bloke. No idea it was based on a comic.
Loved it, especially seeing, essentially, Niles Crane with gills (though I hear that in the second one the Abe character has suffered something of a character/personality change. I wonder if David Hyde Pierce still provides the voice?).
I think he's kept the same cast as far as is possible. He even used the same actors to do the voices of the animated films that were released.
The comics are very good. You have the nazi thing in the background but sometimes Hellboy has to go to different parts of the world to deal with different demons and so on. All of the stories are based on existing folklore which is what I like best about it.
That and the fact that Hellboy is a brilliant character!
The first film was based on the first graphic novel but this new film has had a story written especially for it by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and Del Toro, who is also a massive fan of the comics.
I saw Hellboy II last night at Cineworld Chesterfield and despite liking the first film a lot I came away quite disappointed. The tone of the film didn't seem to match the first and the story was very uninvolving, with far too many fantastical elements thrown in and a pretty unsatisfying conclusion. I didn't buy Abe Sapien's story arc at all either.
Some good bits (it looks great) and overall I still enjoyed it, but disappointing all the same.
I thought it was fantastic! Although it was certainly visually stunning, the story and associated folklore were sufficiently engrossing to ensure that the film didn't rely on the spectacular action scenes to keep you gripped. It was dark, quirky and funny, with great blink and you'll miss them 'cameos' by various monsters, trolls and other strange creatures.
Loved the tooth fairies, the ectoplasmic German, the cat-eating grannie troll, the 'baby' and the amazing scenes in the troll market. The only disappointment was the absence of David Hyde Pierce as Abe's voice, particularly given Abe's expanded role.
It's a near 10/10 film for me, and one which I'll certainly be going to see again.
Maybe I was in a cynical frame of mind, but I was certainly looking forward to it beforehand. Mrs F thought about the same as me too. It just seemed like a lot of eye candy grafted on to...not very much. I'll probably give it another go on DVD having said that.
I loved it too! Much funnier than the first one.
And Johann Krauss is a genius.
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I'd hurry! Prob will be gone by lunch time Friday...
I thought the first film was a bit of a mixed bag. It was too self-indulgent, but I liked the 'feel' of it. Blade 2 was the same; risible story, brilliant 'feel'. Ron Perlman is ideal for the role, though. Has anyone watched him in Cronos recently? I remember noticing him in that back when it came out and thinking how good he was.
Saw this the other day and we really enjoyed it,it would have looked even better on the big screen but a defo 8/10.