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22nd August 2008

Summary:

After an ancient truce existing between humankind and the invisible realm of the fantastic is broken, hell on Earth is ready to erupt. A ruthless leader who treads the world above and the one below defies his bloodline and awakens an unstoppable army consisting of the creatures of fantasy. Now, it's up to the planet's toughest, roughest super hero to battle the merciless dictator and his marauders. He may be red, horned, misunderstood, but when a job needs doing, it is time to call in Hellboy (Ron Perlman). Along with his growing team in the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Development (The BPRD) - pyrokinetic girlfriend Liz (Selma Blair), aquatic empath Abe (Doug Jones) and protoplasmic mystic Johann; the BPRD will travel between the surface strata and the unseen magical one, where creatures of fantasy become corporeal and Hellboy, a creature of two worlds who's accepted by neither, must choose between the life he knows and an unknown destiny that beckons him.

Review:

What is it about super-hero films (X-Men 2, Spiderman 2, Superman II, and likely The Dark Knight) that the best of them are always the middle chapter; the second episode? I personally have no clue, but Hellboy II is not the exception.

It's got bigger action; more heavily stylized and expansive. It has a ton more amazing creatures. It's got an even wittier script, and a much better story. It's like the director was allowed to make everything as he saw fit; his vision is much fuller this time around.

Surprisingly, this movie rocks, and was actually the first film this year I was all around satisfied by.