Directed by Neil Marshall, in collaboration with Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and starring David Harbour, the newest Hellboy movie is a complete reboot of the franchise and not the third installment of the much loved Guillermo del Toro and Ron Perlman series. According to Mignola and Marshall, the reboot would be more faithful to the comics than the previous movies with a hard R-rating. When the first pics of Harbour in makeup dropped, it gave fans a bit of hope, which was dashed with the release of the first trailers because, boy, they did not look good at all.
Going into the new movie, and bearing in mind my disappointment in the trailers along with the incredibly bad reviews the movie was getting, I was expecting a total flusher of a movie that would be a danger to international shipping. Thankfully I, and the critics, were, in my humble opinion, dead wrong.
Remember back in the 80’s or 90’s (if you’re an old enough genre fan), when you were promised that monster filled movie that would blow your mind and it never materialised and you were left disappointed? Well Hellboy (2019) is that promised 90’s horror movie full of monsters and hardcore gore and it’s a total blast!
Yeah, that’s right, stuff popular opinion because this movie is just an incredible amount of adrenaline-fueled fun despite the many rough edges.
By now you should know the story. A bunch of evil Nazis summon a demon baby into the world who is then taken in by Professor Bruttenholm (Ian McShane) who forges the baby into the titular Hellboy; a dark champion for mankind. Fast forward a good couple of years and Hellboy has a new fight in the form of the evil Blood Queen, Nimue (Milla Jovovich) who has returned to bring mankind to its bloody end, which may just also involve Hellboy’s prophecised destiny. Cue lots of action, lots of monsters and some seriously hardcore gore, along with more revelations than should have been stuck into one film and you have a ride that my inner creature feature lover is still gushing on.
Ian McShane shines as the tough-love father figure of Bruttenholm, bringing his gruff, almost regal style of acting that he’s refined over the years...
The CGI effects, of which there are many, vacillates in quality.
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