Gregory G. H. Rihn (milwaukeesfs) wrote,
Gregory G. H. Rihn

Hellboy: 04-09-04

We "celebrated" Good Friday evening by going out to see "Hellboy," the movie adapted by Mexican horror director Guillermo Del Toro from the independent comic by Mike Mignola. Although I've seen the comic around, I've never gotten on to it until now, and I must say I'm quite enjoying it. Ron Perlman, who is the Lon Chaney of our time when it comes to expressing character from under loads of makeup, does a great job bringing the plain-spoken devil-man to life, and he is ably supported by John Hurt as Professor Bruttenholm, Selma Blair as the tormented Liz Sherman, and Rupert Evans as agent Myers, the bewildered but willing new guy. The villains were less satisfying, largely due to the fact that most of the screen time is given to the CGI Sammael monster and its Cthuluian follow-on, with much of the remaining dirty work given to Kronen, the literally "faceless" Nazi assassin, who does not speak. Buy contrast, in the Hellboy comic story "Wake the Devil" which was the basis for the film plot, Kronen, Ilsa, and Rasputin were all more sympathetic characters who had friendship to one another and understandble, though twisted, motivations. Even Abe Sapien, who is a streamlined and civilized version of the "Creature from the Black Lagoon" expresses more character than the filimic versions.

Still, with this shortcoming taken into account, it was still good fun and a reccommended "light fare" for fans of comics or comic-inspired film.
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