Dir.: Guillermo Del Toro
Starring: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, John Hurt, Doug Jones and David Hyde Pierce
Here to protect, here to rock the boat, “Hellboy” is unlike many of the superhero ilk out there right now. Having had no prior intel of the character or creator Mike Mignola, I remember “Hellboy” being one of the most freshest comic book movie viewing experiences I have ever had the fortune of experiencing. Although the basic story does come down to Good Vs. Evil, everything else says this film and it’s character dance to their own tune and sing to their own song, and that is something you gotta give it props for. While off-kilter and somewhat unexpected to somebody who isn’t much of a comic book movie fan, it can also be seen from a fantasy-based perspective with it’s major links to the supernatural as well as some strong ties to the Lord of Eldritch Horror himself, H.P. Lovecraft (I mean geez, look at the monsters Hellboy wrangles through the movie!) I also need to credit the movie on not strictly relying on the typical mores of the superhero origin story- you know what you need to know and then it’s time to go on a wild adventure. If you’re looking for something different, stoke up a stogie, chug some beer and come along for a ride with Big Red and his crew- one thing is for sure there will never be a dull moment.
“Clockwork Nazi Ninja”. That phrase alone makes me giggle with delight.