MOVIE REVIEW: Hellboy.
Right, so...this wasn’t the outright abomination everyone made it out to be, but it was hugely disappointing.
This whole movie is a tale of stitching things together. Literally. I mean that in a sense of what the movie is about and how the final product comes across. I loved some parts, but it mostly frustrated me. Neil Marshall, given what he did with The Descent and Dog Soldiers, was a director whose involvement excited me. Sadly, I jumped the gun. Something went wrong here, and it feels like a “Too many cooks” situation. He’s been absent from promoting this movie, so I’m guessing studio meddling played a part. Boy, it shows.
The C.G.I. is equal parts woeful and impressive, but the editing is so choppy it’s liable to give people whiplash. It’s as if whole chunks of this movie are either missing or shifted around in an odd order. There are cool set pieces or plot elements that pop up only to be shoved to the side in favour of boring choices. The dialogue is mostly ok, but that’s due to the fact chunks of it are taken directly from Hellboy: The Wild Hunt (Good, you should read it). The performances aren’t even that good besides Harbour in the titular role. In fact, I’d say they’re borderline bad. Everyone except Harbour deliver their lines as if reading the script for the first time. The character of Ben Daimio is especially short-changed in ways that infuriated me.
It has some good things going for it, because it wasn’t terrible. It is immensely, deliciously gory. The brutality was reminiscent of Attack on Titan or Blood-C, which was right up my alley. I chuckled in parts, sure. It had its moments, and that’s what’s frustrating. Hellboy has flashes of what it could be, then it always fizzles out.
Somewhere in this mess of a movie lie the ingredients of wondrous slice of nasty, entertaining comic book horror/comedy. Unfortunately, they remain ingredients. Never quite combining together to make something truly worth the time.
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