Friday, July 25, 2008

Hellboy 2: The Golden Army

Movie name: Hellboy 2: The Golden Army
Year of release: 2008
Director: Guillermo Del Toro
Stars: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, John Hurt, Jeffrey Tambor, Luke Goss, Anna Walton
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Adventure
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 7

Synopsis:Guillermo Del Toro is currently one of the most beloved directors of the film community, mostly because of his craft and universe that he brilliantly displayed in "Pan's Labyrinth". Having directed the first "Hellboy" in 2004 (which many people failed to embrace), the sequel allows for a more fruitful development of the character and of the universe of creatures that we come to expect from Guillermo Del Toro. The film again follows Hellboy and his cohorts Liz Sherman and Abe Sapien, as they deal with a new villain that goes by the name of Prince Nuada. The film oscillates between the more action driven pieces and the character driven parts, where the relationships between the main players comes to focus (in a light-hearted way). Visually the film is beautifully rendered and the special effects are flawless. The only flaw that can be addressed is the screenplay - if comes across as not developed enough, but in the end the film is rewarding and definitely worth the praise.