Director: Neil Marshall
Screenplay by: Andrew Cosby based on the world and characters created by Mike Mignola
Starring: David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae Kim and Thomas Haden Church
Tagline Demons Have Demons Too.
The Overview: Beware of spoilers…
In the final days of World War II, the Nazis make a last ditch effort to win the war by attempting to summon demons from Hell. Lobster Johnson and American forces stop the Nazis, but not before a demon child that will be called Hellboy appears. Hellboy is raised by Professor Trevor “Broom” Bruttenholm (McShane) to fight things that go bump in the night. You know, witches, demons and the like.
Vivienne Nimue, the Blood Queen (Jovovich) has a plan to get Hellboy to turn his back on humans and rule as her King. Normally we wouldn’t have to worry, but lately Hellboy has been having self-doubt and “daddy issues.”
I’m a fan of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy as well as the first two Hellboy films starring Ron Perlman and directed by Guillermo del Toro. While I would have loved them to return for a third film, I was open to a new director, star and take on the character. When the first posters/photos started coming out, I liked the look. Sadly the movie is nowhere as bad ass as the publicity materials. Hellboy has a cool appearance, but is physically too small. He should be huge, In the film he looks to be the height of an average person. Hellboy also came off as whiney. If Hellboy doesn’t work, the film is in trouble.
As to the story, it’s all over the place. We get the origin of the Blood Queen. We get the origin of Hellboy. We get extended scenes of Hellboy fighting giants. We get Hellboy fighting a pig-fairy, We get Hellboy fighting a one-eyed witch. In between we get Hellboy complaining to his “dad”, showing what a rebel he is by refusing to take his feet off Winston Churchill’s desk and jokes that often fall flat.
I wanted to like Hellboy, but can only give it 2 of 5 stars.