Hellboy (2004)


Guillermo del Toro


Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Rupert Evans


Comic book adaptation...Hellboy is raised by the Nazis, and used secretly by the FBI for 60 years, at which point things go a bit Pete Tong.


I tried very hard to like this movie. I had heard good things from a number of camps, and went into it expecting to enjoy it.
I'm afraid to say it was rather poor.

Tim Burton's Batman was a better comic adaptation. Indiana Jones was a better 'Supernatural Nazi Threat' concept. Ghostbusters was a better 'City under threat' film. Lord of the Rings was a better use of CGI.

Not to say I didn't enjoy it in a sort of popcorn, red wine, lazy viewing way. It's more that it's derivative, poorly executed in parts, not nearly as funny as it thinks it is, predictable and in the end, basically rather tedious.

I would like to say that some of the actors come out of it with credit, but that is not true. Even the special effects department fail to make convincing flames, which is a key aspect of their job in this movie.

Not appaling, but the most disappointing film I have seen in some time given the expectations I had at the start. If you get it for a present, watch it. If not, get Ghostbusters, Indiana Jones, and Batman out of the bargain bin, and enjoy three quality movies for the same price as this overhyped time waster.

Rating: 6 / 10