Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)

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Published on: 2008.07.16

Hellboy 2 opened as the best box office of director Guillermo del Toro’s career, even bigger than its predecessor (Hellboy), which del Toro also directed.

And for good reason. It was better than the first one.

In fact, my largest complaint about the sequel is its name. Why call it “The Golden Army” when the army’s only in the movie for about three minutes? It probably should been called “The Broken Truce,” or something like that, to be more accurate. Perhaps “The Golden Army” sounded better to the marketing team.

The entire story revolves around a truce that humans made in the distant past with an Elf King — we later find out that the Elf King and other mythical creatures are practially immortal. Thousands of years after mankind has forgotten the truce, the Elk King and his people are still alive and upset by the whole deal.

Especially King Balor’s son, Prince Nuada. He’s so upset, he wants to release the Golden Army on the humans, destroying them once and for all.

And so, the humans must depend on the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Development, as expected, to save them. Hellboy and his fiery girlfriend Liz (Selma Blair) are having a few relationship problems, but what’s new?

In fact, very little about the plot or story of this movie is surprising or unexpected. It almost always goes where you think it will.

But what’s excellent is that it doesn’t try to be something it’s not. Unlike the self-important Batman films or the Incredible Hulk movies, this one doesn’t try to make itself out to be a blockbuster. It’s just a really well-done action movie that’s based on a comic book. The characters are strange, but not hideously grotesque, and most of them are lovable to some extent.

It’s just a stomping good time.

IMDb: Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Wikipedia: Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Rating: PG-13
(sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, and some language)
Length: 110 min (1:50)
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Genre: Action / Adventure / Comedy / Drama / Fantasy
My Rating: 7 of 10
Family Friendly: A lot action, but nothing too graphic (tamer than an Audie Murphy movie). A few mild uses of language.
Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, Seth MacFarlane, Luke Goss, Anna Walton, John Hurt

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