Last Friday night I went to the local premiere of Hellboy. The previews for it looked promising, and I went into it expecting to have a bit of fun but not much else. I walked out of the cinema having had a heap of fun.
I'm not going to go on and on like I tend to do about films with this one. I had a very enjoyable time watching it. If you were to ask the people I went with I oood and ahhhd the whole way through. It was the most vocal I think I have been in a film for a long time (not counting laughing).
It's a fun ride. Hellboy is a great character acted perfectly by Ron Perlman. The prosthetics and make-up were amazingly detailed. There is no way this film would have succeeded with a CGI lead. The constant dry humour of Hellboy certainly kept us laughing throughout the whole film. He really gets the crap beaten out of him for every step he takes, and yet, it's acceptable because he's a big ol' demon guy.
I think this is what Van Helsing should have been.
The writer didn't bother over explaining the mythology or try and make you believe it could be real. The concepts were presented enough for the story to progress, and then they moved on. I certainly want to see it again.
Filmed in the Czech republic, stick around for the credits. One, because there is an extra bit further on, and two, because you play the name game really well. There are some fantastic crew names to be pointed and laughed at.