Hellboy

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Hellboy Take Three

The latest incarnation of Hellboy was released April 12th,.  This latest iteration re-introduces us to the supernatural superhero based on the Dark Horse Comics character. The movie is directed by Neil Marshall and stars David Harbour as Hellboy. Harbour is most recently known for his role in Stranger Things as Chief Jim Hopper. Harbour is joined by Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae Kim, and Thomas Haden Church.

The movie has the potential to be fantastic, especially with Harbour as the lead in the movie. When I saw the trailer and realized he was in it, I was down to watch the movie immediately. I think that Harbour was more than capable of filling the role as the new Hellboy and I thought he fit perfectly.  The trailer was enticing and full of action, just what I like to see. Sadly, I felt that the new movie was lacking. While the comics are horror-based, the first two Hellboy movies weren’t quite as intense as this latest take. There was a lot of gore and demonic situations. Where the other two had a bit of humor in it, this one felt a little dry and boring, with the humor somewhat forced.

The movie follows Hellboy as he works for his adoptive father and the B.P.R.D., which uses its resources to save humankind from evil supernatural forces. Little does Hellboy know, but he is about to fight his biggest foe yet and not everyone will be lucky enough to survive. As Hellboy is faced with one challenge after another, he finds that everything that is happening to him has to do with the Blood Queen, Nimue, and how she was betrayed by her own coven. Nimue seeks revenge and believes that Hellboy is just the right monster to help her get it. Hellboy teams up with Alice (Sasha Lane) and Major Ben Naimio (Daniel Dae Kim) for one final showdown.

The very evil blood queen was played by Milla Jovovich and I wasn’t super impressed. I think the character had so much potential and could have really wreaked havoc on the world, but really didn’t do too much. She spent most of the movie cut up in different boxes that were hidden all around the world. Her henchman worked hard to retrieve all the pieces so that she can reign down destruction on Hellboy, but in the end, she killed her loyal henchman. And getting to this point just took way too long. I would have enjoyed seeing her in one piece much sooner.

Positive Points

Now, with most of this being on the negative side, I will put in a couple things I enjoyed about it. Obviously, I am a fan of Harbour. I love him in Stranger Things, and I am pleased to see him expanding his acting career. It was fun to see him teaming up with Daniel Dae Kim as a British military operative with quite the secret and Sasha Lane, a young clairvoyant that he saved long ago. I would have really enjoyed seeing them team earlier in the movie. For me, that was the highlight of the film.

While it wasn’t a great movie, I didn’t find it awful. I suggest seeing it once it comes out on Redbox or a streaming service. Though I am not sure that it will get another movie, there are two post credit scenes that hint at another movie. I sort of doubt it will happen, but we just never know!

 

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J’Dean Meisner