Film Review: ‘Hellboy’ Maintains Energy Just by Being Hellboy

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CHICAGO – The latest film reboot is “Hellboy,” and it cruises based on the viability and popularity of its title character. David Harbour takes the reins from Ron Perlman in portraying the demon, and although it’s bogged down by the story, the latest iteration works because the character is so weirdly appealing. Oscarman rating: 3.5/5.0
Rating: 3.5/5.0

Hellboy began in August of 1993 through Dark Horse comics, and was eventually rendered to film in 2004 (written and directed by Guillermo Del Toro). The character became a cult hit, and produced a film sequel, animated films and video game appearances. The appeal of course is that he’s spawned from one of Satan’s minions, has an amazingly bizarre look, is a drunken rebel and spouts one liners straight out of the Bruce Willis school. He basically is what every post collegiate boy wants to be. This particular film – written by Andrew Cosby and directed by Neil Marshall – does a good job of bringing him back, covered in a too-dense story that goes exactly where it was expected to go, but does bring in some spicy mythology and underground conspiracy … just another day of hell on earth.

The film opens with Hellboy (David Harbour) searching for a fellow paranormal investigator in Tijuana, Mexico. It turns out he has been “demonized” as a Lucha libre masked wrestler, and after a confrontation he warns Hellboy that the end of the world is coming. After a proper drunken bender, the demon is collected and brought back to his father, Bruttenholm (Ian McShane), who also runs the organization that Hellboy works for, the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (BPRD).

Hellboy is assigned a new case, which involves a Blood Queen (Milla Jovovich) and giants in Britain. The queen is an ancient sorceress who was defeated by King Arthur, but has reemerged, and the giants are part of the comeback. Hellboy is sent to a secret society in Britain for battle, and within that network meets Alice (Sasha Lane), an ally who can communicate with the dead, and Ben (Daniel Dae Kim), a BRPD agent who can turn into a cobra. It is this unlikely team that will battle the Blood Queen.

“Hellboy” opens everywhere on April 12th in IMAX and regular screenings. See local listings for format theaters and show times. Featuring David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae Kim and Thomas Haden Church. Screenplay by Andrew Cosby. Directed by Neil Marshall. Rated “R”

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David Harbour Portrays the Title Character of ‘Hellboy’
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