Friday, July 17, 2020

Review Hellboy (2019)

#Hellboy (2019): 5/10

Directed by Neil Marshall (‘Dog Soldiers’, ‘The Descent’), Hellboy is the 2019 retelling of the Dark Horse comics character’s origins, having already appeared on the big screen twice before in 2004 and 2008 in films helmed by visionary director Guillermo del Toro.

David Harbour, fresh off the back of success as Jim Hopper in ‘Stranger Things’, attempts to fill the entertaining boots of Ron Perlman, and for the most part plays a likeable version of Hellboy, even if he doesn’t appear to like himself. Milla Jovovich (the ‘Resident Evil’ film series) though, who is on board as the Blood Queen Nimue, rarely features in what feels like more of a cameo, and a throwaway and generic one at that. Even Ian McShane (‘Deadwood’), who plays 2019’s Professor Broom appears to go through the motions for large parts of the film.

Marshall decides to go down the route of over-the-top and in-your-face gore for Hellboy which is fun to begin with but quickly feels tacky and unwarranted, this also coupled with an excess amount of swearing which begins even in the opening monologue; ‘Deadpool’ is clearly an influence here but Hellboy does not house the same quick-snap wit. Perhaps the majority of the budget was spent on this then, as other CGI sequences are so glaringly green screen, in particular the scene involving the giants, it’s hard to simply gloss over them.

The film may entertain in patches, but overall Hellboy is another prime example of an unnecessary and frustrating reboot that in no way betters original offerings, a film that rushes toward its conclusion and grinds to a halt in a flash. In short, it’s poor.

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