The hell is going on?
Guillermo del Toro isn’t returning as writer or director, and Ron Perlman has been replaced by David Harbour. What we basically have, here, is a reboot, but without enhancement and with a cinematography that blends with the two first films. Don’t overthink it. This sequel is more horrific and gorier than its predecessors, and Hellboy’s arc is wider. That’s the gist of it.
Expect stereotypical villains with deep voices who were told to act like bad guys. Muahahaha! Not that their design isn’t interesting, but they don’t have much of a personality. Writer Andrew Cosby feels the need to inject King Arthur, Merlin, Knights, and a Queen in a mythos that is already too dense and reminds us that Hellboy has a beef with the Nazis. Busy fucking script.
The film is inspired by a handful of Hellboy comic books. I hope fans of the original material have a blast with this. It’s the kind of stuff afficionados will geek out about. It’s entertaining, but, without reference, we tend to lose interest. Picture-wise, 3D and compositing effects don’t always collide with live action elements. Lots of effort, talent, imagination, and heart went into this.