Number of Times Seen – 1 (12 Feb 2020)
Brief Synopsis – Hellboy must try and stop a sorceress bent on revenge who has a strong connection to the Arthurian Legend.
My Take on it – The choice to reboot and reignite this comic book series was a good idea, but the choice of star and director unfortunately keeps things from reaching a higher level of enjoyment.
This film is an interesting addition to the movie canon of this character, but it tries much too hard to be a modern superhero movie instead of dealing with the dark background of this character on more than just a superficial level.
David Harbour is quite a good actor, but he’s no Ron Perlman and fails to help bring this character to a higher level.
Guillermo Del Toro is a visionary director and writer, but without his input in this film, things feel quite lacking in many ways.
This leads to too many cracks within the story and the way things are presented and that takes away so much from the enjoyment of this film.
The special effects in this film are quite good and they enhance things a bit, but unfortunately, they aren’t able to help transform this plot into something much more enjoyable and engaging.
Bottom Line – Interesting addition to the series but it doesn’t work as well as the previous two did. Part of that has to do with the fact that as good an actor as David Harbour is, he truly isn’t Ron Perlman who made the character so iconic. In addition, this film doesn’t have the visionary leader like Guillermo Del Toro at the helm which also leads to the story showing too many cracks along the way. The special effects works well in enhancing the mediocre story a bit but overall this film just doesn’t work well enough to remain engaging and enjoyable throughout.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In mid 2012, Ron Perlman once again endured the 4-hour makeup routine required to transform him into Hellboy – not for a sequel or other acting job but to fulfill the Make-A-Wish request of a six-year-old boy named Zachary who has leukemia. Creature effects house Spectral Motion, who had worked on the two previous Hellboy films, applied Perlman’s Hellboy makeup (and later, also made up Zachary as Hellboy as well), so that Zachary could spend the day hanging out with his favorite superhero. Guillermo del Toro was so touched by this event that it inspired him to start production on Hellboy 3. However, the project was announced to be cancelled and this reboot’s development started soon after. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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