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Hellboy

Reviewed by Ogre3000

Welp, this was a welcome super-surprise! Months ago upon learning that a Hellboy movie was on its way to the big screen, I sunk into the comics and read the various adventures I could get my hands on. And last night, I actually saw Hellboy and the members of the BPRD (Bureau for Paranormal Research & Defense) come to life on the screen! Perlman is Hellboy and all the other characters are full-on genuine, Dr. Broom, Liz and one of my favorite supporting characters, the smarmy, witty foil to Hellboy, Abe Sapien, the enigmatic "gillman."

Okay, to the story, based on the "Seeds of Destruction" story arc, we see the origin of Hellboy. Way back in 1945 during the Nazis' attempt to bring ancient evil to Earth, that goes wrong, Hellboy is rescued and taken in by the US Army and the fledgling BPRD. Then it's to the opening credits (with funny plays on paranormal phenoms including Hellboy in the classic "Bigfoot" style video) and to the present day. We follow a newbie to the BRPD, FBI Agent John Myers, whom has no idea what is in store for him. Welp, after slice of life with Hellboy, there's an alert of paranormal activity at a museum and off we go!

Well, I was really blown away by this movie adaption, I would wager to say I liked it better then any before it, including Spiderman, the two X-Men movies and the original '89 Batman. And not because of a flawless story adaption but rather that Ron Perlman simply is Hellboy and that's it. He got the world-weary, cynical cigar-chomping wise-cracking heroic demon down like a fine tailored suit. I can only hope my favorite Marvel character, The Punisher, will be as half as good.

5 full stars and I look forward to sequels and new Hellboy stories.

Till next time,
Carl aka OGRE3K

 

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Writer/Director
Guillermo del Toro

Released
April 2, 2004

Cast
Ron Perlman
Selma Blair
Doug Jones
John Hurt
Rupert Evans
Jeffrey Tambor

Full Credits at IMDb

Available on DVD and Blu-Ray