|HELLBOY II THE GOLDEN ARMY (DVD, 2009, Full Frame) NEW|
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Features Actors:Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, Jeffrey Tambor, Luke Goss, Anna Walton, Seth MacFarlane, John Hurt
Running Time:2 Hours
An undetermined period of time has passed since the events of the first film, but plenty of changes have taken place at the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Development. Hellboy (Perlman) is now living with his firestarting girlfriend/co-worker, Liz Sherman (Selma Blair), Agent Myers has been transferred out of the BPRD headquarters, and Johann Krauss (Seth MacFarlane) – a disembodied ectoplasmic spirit with psychic powers who maintains a human shape via a containment suit – has been brought in to keep Hellboy on a short leash following the cigar-chomping demon's outing to the public. Abe Sapien (Doug Jones) is still swimming around the BPRD offices as well, and he’s inadvertently discovered a secret about Liz that has caused a rift in her relationship with Hellboy.
The trio’s personal lives are put on hold, however, when Prince Nuada (Luke Goss) returns from exile to challenge his father’s millennia-old peace treaty between humans and the creatures of a mystical otherworld. But in order to declare war, Nuada must first track down the missing piece of a fabled crown that allows him to control the Golden Army – a piece that just so happens to be in the possession of his twin sister Nuala (Anna Walton), who has sought refuge with Hellboy and Co.Hellboy’s partner-in-crime Abe Sapien (played and voiced by Doug Jones), who’s not only given a love interest in the equally psychic Princess Nuala, but also gets a nice comedic moment with Hellboy involving some late-night drinking and Barry Manilow’s “Can’t Smile Without You.” Can they stop Prince Nuada from awakening the Golden Army before it's too late??
Great movie & special effects.A must-see for the First Hellboy fans!Ron Perlman (Hellboy) continues to shine as the cigar-chomping, cat-loving title character.And a new addition Johann Krauss adds to this group of characters, with a personality all his own.Hope this helps you decide.Thanks for reading! :)
The synopsis for Hellboy 2 looks something like this: “The Golden Army begins when an ancient truce existing between humankind and the invisible realm of the fantastic is broken; Hell on earth is ready to erupt. Hellboy 2 tells the tale of a ruthless leader who treads the world above and the one below, defies his bloodline and awakens an unstoppable army of creatures. Its up to the planets toughest, roughest superhero to battle the merciless dictator and his marauders. He may be red, he may be horned, he may be misunderstood, but when you need the job done right, its time to call in Hellboy (Ron Perlman), and the B.P.R.D.
The Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (BPRD) will travel between the surface world and the unseen magical one, where creatures of fantasy become corporeal, along with his expanding team pyrokinetic girlfriend Liz Sherman (Selma Blair
), aquatic empath Abe (Doug Jones), and protoplasmic mystic Johann Krauss (James Dodd), the newest member of the BPRD. Hellboy, a creature of two worlds who is accepted by neither, must choose between the life he knows and an unknown destiny that beckons him.
A slip-up results in the F.B.I. being forced to reveal the existence of BPRD to the general public. Brash old Hellboy doesn’t play well with the public, which only increases the instability of his already-turning-rough relationship with Liz. However, fellow paranormal Johann (who is a sort of ectoplasmic spirit held within a very special containment suit) is far better with the public — and with Liz, apparently. But in the end they’ve all got to come together to fight Prince Nuada (son of the Woodland King), who, with his army of ghouls, faerie, and the like, is attempting to resurrect a golden army once controlled by his father.”
Fans of dark fantasy movies will definitely like this one. If you take Pan's Labyrinth and add more creatures, and then give it an injection of humor, and sprinkle some Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, some Fantastic Four, and a little Lord of the Rings, and last of all let Neil Gaiman put the finishing touches, you'll probably get Hellboy II or a reasonable facsimile thereof.
Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):
1. Humans and mythical creatures are at it again
2. One crown rules an indestructible golden army
3. Uneasy lies the head that wants to wear the crown
4. All Hellboy breaks loose after a visit from the tooth fairies
5. The Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense sends a gasbag to lead the team into the bowels of New York City
6. Hellboy may be red and angry, but it's Liz (Selma Blair) who's the hottie
7. Big fights, big guns and big fun follows
8. `Twas beauty that tamed the beast
When the BPRD agents are called to take on the job of stopping rogue Prince Nuada (Luke Goss) they get a lot more than the main responsibilities listed on their job descriptions. Battling mythical creatures, disobeying direct orders, and generally tearing the place apart, our heroes never let a little adversity get them down on the way to a stellar showdown.
This is a fantasy, an adventure, a battle of good against not-so-good, and a love story, all rolled into one red hot package.
Rated: 4.5 stars
Hellboy I set the stage, taking off from the comics, and Hellboy II continues it, under the direction of Guillermo del Toro and enhanced special effects and an even better story than Hellboy I.
This time out Hellboy, played to perfection by Ron Perlman, is having family problems. Life with a partner is never perfect, even for realistic comic characters. Despite the overall strangeness of the situation, viewers quickly adapt and accept that this is a world where the rules are slightly different than the one they're used to. Then it's up to the characters, the plot, and the director to make it realistic and compelling.
Del Toro, Perlman, and Doug Jones and Selma Blair all add to the believability of an unbelievable situation, reflecting back to ancient mythology, yet keeping a tenuous hold on present day reality as well.
There is plenty of action, of course, and that plus the special effects is all that attracts a certain kind of viewer with an adolescent mind-set, but there is also plenty of character development, which is what causes the more mature, reflective viewer to return to the picture and continue to find new areas of interest.
It is like the difference between the viewer who immediately turns the picture off (or leaves the theater) as soon as the credits start and has few comments other than "cool effects" and the one who wants to see who the cast and crew were, where the picture was shot, who was the director, and later what the influences were and what philosophical points can be garnered from reflecting on it.
Hellboy II offers plenty for both, and should be headed toward an even better conclusion to the trilogy that will hopefully include Hellboy III.