Hellboy Review

Spoiler free post here – unless you count the fact that the movie stinks as a spoiler.

If you’ve read THE WILD HUNT then you know much of what to expect in this latest Hellboy film. And if you enjoyed THE WILD HUNT, you will likely be disappointed by this film.

Credit where it’s due, David Harbour looks the part but then most people would under that amount of make-up. Ian McShane looks mostly bored throughout and the rest of the cast are forgettable, there to deliver a handful of lines peppered with F-words that are supposed to make you laugh, but fail throughout. The first trailer was criticised for focusing on the humour – I only wish that had carried over into the film.

It’s a mess: bogged down with exposition, moving from one CGI-heavy fight scene to another, with a tired, old seen-it-all-before ending where the protagonist is brought back from the brink by a timely pep talk.

It would be easy to blame director Neil Marshall – and Cthulhu knows I blame him for The Descent and Doomsday . . . Dog Soldiers was great but after that, it’s all been downhill – but nothing really works here. It’s just a mess of disappointing scenes bundled together.

The first Hellboy was great and even though Hellboy II: The Golden Army wasn’t brilliant, it was still much, much better than this offering.

You get two strong right hands, Hellboy, but only just.

Hell(boy) Of A News Day

Okay so it was yesterday but I was off being in work and doing boring, grown up stuff like that.

First picture of David Harbour as Hellboy has arrived via Mike Mignola:

Ron Perlman nailed it, but even so, that’s a damn good Hellboy by anybody’s estimation.

And the other bit of good news is that Dark Horse will be publishing the entire Hellboy series in chronological order in omnibus editions next year!

Now, for the first time ever, Dark Horse Books will publish Mike Mignola’s award-winning Hellboy stories in chronological order with the HELLBOY OMNIBUS COLLECTION, creating the definitive reading experience for Hellboy fans and an ideal entry point for new readers.

I don’t know if I classify as a new reader as I’ve read a handful of stories but have always been a bit daunted at working out which trade to get first – I hate dipping in to something to find there were three books before hand – so these new omnibuses will definitely make my must buy list next year.

New Hellboy Film Coming

Just read the news that there’s going to be a reboot of Hellboy coming soon which made me do this:

Art by Rich Koslowski

And then I read that it was to be directed by Neil Marshall . . . which made me do this:

I loved Dog Soldiers, thought Descent was great until the cave monsters were revealed and as far as Doomsday was concerned . . . sweet Cthulhu, I’m so glad I barely remember the level of awfulness.

Still, we wait and see, I suppose.