August 21, 2008

Hellboy is a Helluva Guy ; Let’s Go Out

By Kerry McKittrick

If you're going to talk about Hellboy, then by all means, talk about Ron Perlman. Talk about his gravelly voice, his excellent comic timing, and his ability to wear the costume of a seven foot devil like his own skin.

Apparently, director Guillermo del Toro and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola revealed their first choices for Hellboy at exactly the same time, and it turned out to be exactly the same person.

The wonderful thing about both Hellboy and its sequel is the sense of normality. The main characters are a seven foot devil, who would have massive horns growing out of his head if he didn't keep grinding them down, a girl who can spontaneously combust at any given moment, and something that's half fish and half ... something else. While watching the films though, you completely forget about their appearances and get engrossed in their characters. They are utterly human, complete with the flaws and insecurities.

Hellboy himself is almost an anti antihero. He has the superhero strength, the quips, the stand out from the crowd appearance. He also has, however, a tendency to misjudge situations, whether they be dealing with some gruesome monster or having a fight with his girlfriend. He accepts his appearance and his fate with a resigned complacence.

As for the rest of Hellboy II: The Golden Army, this is a fun, not particularly gory thriller. The plot is fast paced and will keep you entertained for the duration. It'll certainly raise a few laughs when the location of the Golden Army is finally revealed too.

Also Showing:

You Don't Mess With The Zohan (12A, 112mins)

Ben Stiller as an Israeli commando who fakes his death in order to fulfil his dream of becoming a hairstylist in New York. What's not to like?

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (PG, 98mins)

Intended as an introduction to a CGI TV series, this animated film is styled on Japanese anime and manga. It may even fill in some plot details.

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