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2000s, Fantasy - Superheroes

Hellboy (2004)

HellBoy

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A demonic entity recovered as a baby in 1944 by an American army unit during an attempt by the Nazis to open a portal to the forces of hell, is brought up by Professor Bruttenholm and becomes a paranormal investigator working with a psychic fish person and a pyro-telekinetic lady to combat evil supernatural forces, including the reanimated Rasputin, his female Nazi assistant and Hitler’s chosen assassin a sort of malevolent clockwork person. Things come to a head in a Mocow cemetary where Hellboy must literally face his demons.

Content.

The Nazis attempt to release the forces of hell on a Scottish island and a baby Hellboy is recovered by the Americans. A new FBI minder is recruited for Hellboy and we are introduced to the paranormal facility and the inhabitants, and thereafter numerous set pieces as Hellboy and his friends take on the original foe who now seem to be able to conjure a sort of tentacled hell hound which can replicate. There is smoking (Hellboy’s cigars), a bit of beer drinking, much bloodless violence involving knives, swords and handguns and one kiss.

A View.

Guillermo del Toro is a darling of the critics so predictably, despite the fact that it is really a superhero film, they liked it quite a lot. I first saw most of it on a flight and was intrigued by it, so was pleased to see the whole story. The villains are delightfully villainous but if you try to get to grips with the backstory it is pretty complex so it may be best just to start it running, sit back and enjoy it.

Duration 2h 2m Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story A series of comic books started in 1990s by Mike Mignola
Director Guillermo del Toro
Writers/Script Guillermo del Toro
Starring Ron Perlman, John Hurt, Selma Blair, Rupert Evans, Karel Roden, Jeffrey Tambor, Doug Jones, Biddy Hodson,
Additional Info Doug Jones plays the fish person, Abe Sapien, thought by many to be the inspiration for the alien aquatic being in “The Shape of Water”.

About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels

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