I truly enjoyed the first Hellboy movie. I don't know if the fact that I was 17 when I watched it had something to do with it, but until today I believe is a very entertaining movie. Anyway, let's go to the subject of the review: Hellboy II.
Let's be technical:
This is a very beautiful looking movie. While it does use more CGI, you can appreaciate the regular make up of the creatures. I really like the prologue where we get the story of the Golden Army, and that bit with Professor Broom and kid Hellboy was cute, it's a good way to show exposition and not bore the audience. The villain, Prince Nuada, is actually really cool and has a good motivation, he could have used more screen time. Hellboy is still a very cool funny character, he's cool and Ron Pearlman seems to be very confortable playing it. I'm glad they gave them more budget to see more of the BPRD, though at times I felt Agent J and Agent K where going to appear.
Let's be rude:
This movie is way too long, and you feel it, they just drag along the story and many stuff that could have been cut just unnecessary prolongues the movie. The subplot between Abe and Princess Nuala feel out of place, I actually expected it to be adorable, but it wasn't, because it wasn't well developed, just like Prince Nuada, he's a really bad ass villain with a good -even loable- motivation, and yet he's on screen for a short time.
The subplot with Hellboy wanting to be on the spotlight felt out of place too, just as his relationship problems with Liz Sherman. They're a couple now, they have their issues, we get it, but we are never told what was the deal with them. And no, you can't count Liz's pregnancy to excuse it.
Johann Krauss was a wasted character, he's never really there until the final fight. The Golden Army is not impressive by any means, and the Angel of Death appeared because of what? Just to tell us they want and might do another movie?
I'm afraid we have one of the cases in which an idea sounds really cool on paper, but once you get it to the screen, it turns out not to be that good.
And that's the real problem, because it's not a bad movie, it's just so damn boring. Honestly, if they cut down around 4 scenes this could have been much more dynamic, because when something is actually happening, you're into it, but when it's not, is just people whining about their pseudo problems and singing into Barry Manilow, though I must admit, drunk Hellboy was the only laugh this movie got out of me.
I'm giving it a 7 out of 10. It's not bad, but those subplots kill anything interesting and entertaining of the film. Por favor señor Del Toro, don't be afraid to use the scissors in the editing room.