Hellboy

Caught between two worlds, a demon battles an ancient sorceress bent on revenge.

 

United States
Canada
United Kingdom
Bulgaria
2019
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Demon Film
Insects: 
Imaginary
Babies: 
Toddler
Government: 
Nazi
Trickster: 
Impostor
Catastrophes: 
Infestation
Giant: 
Colossus
Behemoth
Wizards: 
Conjurer
Transmuter
Screenplay: 
Comic: 
Stands Alone in the Franchise
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The hell is going on?
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Pace
Plot
Effects
Guillermo del Toro isn’t returning as writer or director, and Ron Perlman has been replaced by David Harbour.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.
Alternate Titles: 
Hellboy 3
Hellboy - Call of Darkness
Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen
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