Based on the graphic novels by Mike Mignola, Hellboy, caught between the worlds of the supernatural and human, battles an ancient sorceress bent on revenge.
Director: Neil Marshall
, Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, David Harbour Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae
April 12, 2019
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Rated R for strong bloody violence and gore throughout, and language
Runtime: 2h 1min
Guillermo del Toro’s 2 Hellboy films were fantasy fill adventures with a strong likable star at it’s center. It’s a shame that he never got to finish off his trilogy properly and thus resulting in this loud and unnecessary reboot. It’s hard to figure out exactly who deserves most of the blame since there are talented people all around. Neil Marshall is an under appreciated director who has direct some wonderful films in his time. Here much of his style is missing, outside for a few impressive action sequences, replaced by a hodgepodge of scenes that rarely flow together as a cohesive whole. It makes for an odd movie watching experience since the story never really flows together leaving the plot more convoluted than it needed to be.
takes over as
Hellboy and he’s solid if underwhelming throughout. He lacks the natural charisma and presence of
Ron Perlman’s version, as such the whole film is far less interesting. The supporting cast fares slightly better
with Daniel Dae Kim and David Harbour Sasha Lane faring the best overall. Still, it’s
hard to watch this lackluster, soulless reboot and not wonder what Del Toro’s
film would have looked like.