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In the ongoing deluge of comic-book adaptations, Hellboy ranks well above average. Having turned down an offer to helm Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in favor of bringing Hellboy's origin story to the big screen, the gifted Mexican director Guillermo del Toro compensates for the excesses of Blade II with a moodily effective, consistently entertaining action-packed fantasy, beginning in 1944 when the mad monk Rasputin--in cahoots with occult-buff Hitler and his Nazi thugs--opens a transdimensional portal through which a baby demon emerges, capable of destroying the world with his powers. Instead, the aptly named Hellboy is raised by the benevolent Prof. Bloom, founder of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, whose allied forces enlist the adult Hellboy (Ron Perlman, perfectly cast) to battle evil at every turn. While nursing a melancholy love for the comely firestarter Liz (Selma Blair), Hellboy files his demonic horns ("to fit in," says Bloom) and wreaks havoc on the bad guys. The action is occasionally routine (the movie suffers when compared to the similar X-Men blockbusters), but del Toro and Perlman have honored Mike Mignola's original Dark Horse comics with a lavish and loyal interpretation, retaining the amusing and sympathetic quirks of character that made the comic-book Hellboy a pop-culture original. He's red as a lobster, puffs stogies like Groucho Marx, and fights the good fight with a kind but troubled heart. What's not to like? --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
I was surprised how much much I liked this movie. It's well made and very entertaining to watch. Highly recommend it.Published 4 months ago by bailib
I really love Ron Perlman and think he is a fantastic actor. Enjoyed Hellboy II also but not as much as this one. Love a bit of humour in amongst the seriousness of a show.Published 17 months ago by Diane Edwards
I like Ron Pearlman and i do enjoy many of the fantasy adventure movies.
The special effects and cinematography are rather cool.
i kinda liked this offering from Guillermo Del Toro.it's a sort of
science fiction action adventure hybrid,with some humour thrown
in. Read more
One of the few comic adaptations that is not horrible! Far from it in fact. Hellboy is dark and edgy without being horror; it balances fantasy, action, and humour, with an... Read morePublished on April 30 2009 by Cracked Pepper