In 1933 New York, an overly ambitious movie producer coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to the mysterious Skull Island, where they encounter Kong, a giant ape who is immediately smitten with leading lady Ann Darrow.
As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse.
In the final days of World War II, the Nazis attempt to use black magic to aid their dying cause. The Allies raid the camp where the ceremony is taking place, but not before a demon - Hellboy - has already been conjured. Joining the Allied forces, Hellboy eventually grows to adulthood, serving the cause of good rather than evil. Written by
Hellboy escapes from both Liz's explosion and the final boss attack with clothing intact. While he is invulnerable to fire, he isn't immune to damage and neither is his clothing as it rips and shreds (clearly seen near the end of the movie where he shrugs off his slimed, torn great coat, but noted in other scenes in the movie as well). It all should have been blown to pieces during both explosions, but he arises from them fully clothed. See more »
Professor Trevor 'Broom' Bruttenholm:
What is it that makes a man a man? Is it his origins, the way things start? Or is it something else, something harder to describe? For me it all began in 1944, a classified mission off the coast of Scotland. The Nazis were desperate. Combining science and black magic, they intended to upset the balance of the war. I was 28, already a paranormal advisor to President Roosevelt. I could never have suspected that what would transpire that night would not only effect the course of ...
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Under the "Special Thanks To" - Erik Irastorza who was born during our shoot. See more »
B+ Good script, well-paced, overall very entertaining.
Hellboy is a well-balanced and very well-paced movie that avoids tiresome
action movie content (mostly).
Script: Very efficient. The snappy-attitude lines are allowable because of
Hellboy's partially juvenile personality.
Acting: I credit Pearlman for presenting a complete character without
gabby and coy. Well-done. Almost all of the other significant characters
equally well-presented by their respective actors, save for one. del Toro
certainly dropped the ball in writing/directing that character (though I
won't mention who so as not to give anything away). He messed up only one
character, and I forgive him. Nobody's perfect.
Pace/balance: The movie reminded me of X2 in this respect. It moved well,
didn't get stalled anywhere, and both the action and drama were moderated
with smooth transitions between each.
For comparison, Spiderman was good but overacted, X2 was good but with a
Overall, I found this movie provided high entertainment
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