Hellboy II: The Golden Army

I find that del Toro’s movies are only as good as they are bad; for everything that makes them great, there’s something that makes them not great. But in the end, I think the good outweighs the bad, and what you’re left with is a movie you really enjoyed… with just a few nagging points that you can’t let go of. This is the case again with Hellboy 2. The visuals are undoubtedly some of the technically best and most beautiful ever committed to film, and the pace of the thing and it’s action scenes are relentlessly fun; you’re never bored. But I just wonder why they felt like they had to make it so STUPID? Stupid jokes and stupid characters (especially when compared to the material they’re based on). Don’t get me wrong- I LOVE stupid jokes. And there are a few here that work. But more often than not, I thought they fell flat. I was also pretty disappointed in Jeffery Tambor’s boring performance, as he was one of the best parts of the original. I think what they really got right with this one over the original is that they stopped trying to make a visual version of a Mike Mignola comic, and just tried to make it a Guillermo del Toro movie. 3.5/5



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