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Film Review: “Hellboy 2: The Golden Army”

(Universal Pictures. 1 hour, 50 minutes. Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and some language. Directed by Guillermo del Toro.) Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Selma Blair (Liz Sherman), Doug Jones (Abe Sapien), Seth MacFarlane (voice of Johann Krauss), Luke Goss (Prince Nuada), Anna Walton (Princess Nuala), Jeffrey Tambor (Tom Manning). Music by Danny Elfman.

When an exiled prince breaks a centuries-old truce between man and the creatures of the forest by awakening an unstoppable army, Hellboy and his friends at the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense (B.P.R.D.) have to stop him. While the story never really set me ablaze, the presentation is top-notch, with some absolutely stunning creature designs and special effects. The actors do a fine job too. Ron Perlman is endearingly grumpy, Doug Jones is pitch-perfect as Abe (in lieu of David Hyde Pierce from the original) and Jeffrey Tambor is great as a flustered, befuddled man trying to corral a circus. The only disappointment is Selma Blair, who comes off as oddly cold (considering she’s playing a pyrokinetic). The plot is somewhat uneven, with a bit too much emphasis placed on the romantic subplots (even if they do lead to some of the funniest moments in the movie). I would’ve liked to see more done with the conflict of loyalty presented to Hellboy (should he side with the humans who raised him, or the creatures he originated from?), but it’s not a deal-breaker. Overall, not quite as good as the original, but well worth the watch.

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