Demons have demons too
Director: Neil Marshall
Starring: David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae Kim
Release Date: 12/04/2019
Hundreds of years after King Arthur and Merlin stopped the immortal Blood Queen Nimue (Jovovich) from unleashing her plague, evil forces combine to bring her back leaving demon spawn Hellboy (Harbour) along with a small team from the Bureau for Paranormal Research as the only way to stop her from ending all human life on the planet.
Not long back when I wrote about the red band trailer I was excited to see this new direction that it looked like they were taking with this Hellboy re-boot, believing that going for a stronger rating might actually improve on the series as long as still managed to keep some magic from the Guillermo del Toro films, sadly however after watching the film my high hopes have been dashed.
This isn’t to say that Hellboy is without merit, there are some really entertaining action sequences, David Harbour is fun to watch as Hellboy, the character design is really imaginative and there are a couple of scenes that are legitimately scary, reminding me of Marshall’s previous films Dog Solders and The Decent, both of which I really enjoyed.
Sadly, however, most of the enjoyable aspects of the film are let down by poor character development, bad CGI and a plot where there is a way too much going on, not helped by multiple flashback sequences that not only slow the film down but also overly complicate it in the process.
Another thing that ruins the film is just how it is to the viewer that the film that went through significant changes in post-production, not helped by bad editing decisions, with characters seemingly jumping from one location to another without any real explanation, in fact twice in the film a character passed out in one place and woke up in another.
Not only this just we are introduced to so many new characters throughout the film, that go on to disappear or die before the end of the film, it’s almost as if the makers didn’t know what to do with them so took the easy option every time, but it’s seemingly okay because most if not all of them weren’t developed at all, which is a real shame when you have an actor such as Ian McShane being wasted in a role that doesn’t utilise his skills and relegates him to nothing more than a two-dimensional role.
Overall Hellboy is an average at best CGI heavy action flick that brings very little to the table that you haven’t seen done better in either the previous Hellboy movies or other fantasy or action films, this isn’t to say that you won’t find some enjoyment when watching the film and it will do if you have a couple of hours to kill and you’ve already watched Deadpool.
If you liked: Hellboy (2004), Deadpool, Constantine