Hellboy

2004, Revolution Studios et al

I wasn't going to bother with this one, but a colleague at work twisted my arm. I'm glad she didI was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable it was. Guillermo del Toro is a gifted filmmaker with a fantastic eye for the offbeat; as a fan of the comic, he made it his mission to bring it to life, and casting Ron Perlman in the lead was genius. Although it wasn't much of a box office performer, it was a critical success.

       

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Hellboy II: The Golden Army

2008, Relativity Media et al

Good news: it's 2 for 2 with this sequel, thanks to Guillermo del Toro expert guidance and Ron Perlman's wise-cracking, cat-loving superhero. The plot is a bit more convoluted, and the action a bit more hectic, but not excessively so. There's even a touch of romance to add sweet spice to the mix.

There's now talk of rebooting the franchise, and I have to wonder why, as I see no room for improvement on del Toro's unique vision or Perlman's pitch-perfect performance.

       

CRAP

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