Movie Name: Hellboy Movie
Directed by: Neil Marshall
Starring: David Harbour, Ian McShane, Milla Jovovich, Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae Kim, Penelope Mitchell, Sophie Okonedo, Brian Gleeson, Alistair Petrie
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Release Date: 12 April, 2019
Running Time: 120 Minutes
Hellboy is a 2019 American supernatural superhero film based on the Dark Horse Comics character of the same name. Directed by Neil Marshall, the film stars David Harbour in the title role, alongside Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae Kim, and Thomas Haden Church. It is a reboot of the Hellboy film series, and the third live-action film in the franchise. The film draws inspiration from the comic books Darkness Calls, The Wild Hunt, The Storm and the Fury, and Hellboy in Mexico.
The project began as a sequel to Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), with Andrew Cosby and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola writing the script. Guillermo del Toro was not offered the full writer-director capacity he had performed in the first two films, and Ron Perlman, who portrayed Hellboy in the previous films, refused to return without del Toro’s involvement. The project was turned into an R-rated reboot after Marshall was hired as the director and Harbour cast as Hellboy. Principal photography began in September 2017 in the United Kingdom and Bulgaria and ended in December 2017.
Hellboy was released in the United States on April 12, 2019, by Lionsgate in standard 2D and IMAX. The film received negative reviews from critics, with many comparing it unfavorably to the previous films.
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Hellboy Movie Review:
This remake (not sequel), scripted by Andrew Cosby, based on Mike Mignola’s The Dark Horse Comic Book, goes back in time to King Arthur’s reign in 517 A.D, when he triumphed over the evil sorceress Vivienne Nimue aka Blood Queen (Milla Jovovich) at Pendle Hill using his famed sword Excalibur. She was de-limbed and her sundered appendages were sent to five different corners of the land. Cutting back to the present, we see Hellboy (David Harbour) working with his adoptive father Professor Broom (Ian McShane) at the B.P.R.D, an organisation devoted to exterminating paranormal threats. Then Hellboy’s help is requested at the Osiris Club, England, and he soon gets embroiled in the Blood Queen’s demonic plot to resurrect herself and bring ruin upon the world.
The story has numerous threads meandering in several directions with even inconsequential supporting characters getting more than deserved screen time. The pacing is inconsistent, there’s no sense of involvement and the viewer feels taxed by the largely incoherent mess spread-eagled across the run time.
Since Hellboy 3 couldn’t get off the ground, the studio apparently decided to reboot the series with a new lead- David Harbour (largely listless performance) taking the reins from Ron Perlman. In its attempts to stay true to the original comic book ideas, the film suffers sluggish, intemperate moments that stretch on for far too long to be fun. The narrative has some decently laid out fantastical action sequences and Marshall, given his affinity for the Game of Thrones (he directed a few episodes) style of warfare, offers quite a few enjoyable fighting sequences. Unfortunately there’s not much coherence towards the end when all the numerous plot threads get force-merged into a chaotic set-piece that looks a little too messy to be entertaining.