Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008, Movie) – 5/10 review

Director: Guillermo Del Toro
Writer (Screenplay): Guillermo Del Toro
Writer (Story): Guillermo Del Toro
Writer (Story): Mike Mignola
Writer (Characters’ Creator) from the Dark Horse comic book: Mike Mignola
Producer: Lawrence Gordon
Producer: Mike Richardson
Producer: Lloyd Levin
Ron Perlman: Hellboy
Selma Blair: Liz
Doug Jones: Abe Sapien, Chamberlain, Angel of Death
Jeffrey Tambor: Tom Manning
Luke Goss: Prince Nuada
Anna Walton: Princess Nuala
Seth MacFarlane: Voice of Johann
John Hurt: Professor Broom
Co-Executive Producer: Mike Mignola

Hellboy II: Golden Army, The (2008)

Prince Nuada decides that man’s abuse of the planet should end at his hands or, more specifically, at the hands of an indestructible Golden Army. All he needs is to gather the three pieces of the controlling crown and, er, find the Golden Army.

5/10

Disappointingly incoherent monster mash whose impactless story isn’t helped by interminable and unimaginative, but extremely violent, action scenes which simply involve things hitting each other until they stop hitting each other. While director Guillermo Del Toro once more brings impressive creature designs to the table, and the pre-title sequence is really cool (and includes John Hurt), he also brings his traditional problem of pacing that makes his films seem longer than they are. This isn’t a particularly long film (107 minutes to the beginning of the end credits) but it feels it, especially when things start hitting each other.

This movie contains mild swear words and extreme fantasy violence, extremely unpleasant scenes.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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