Noob Reviews: Hellboy (2019)
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.
What is Hellboy (2019)?
Based on an immersive (and some even go as far as saying cult) graphic novel series by Mike Mignola. Hellboy is the story of a demon child brought into our world during World War 2 (1944 to be specific) with the intention of the Nazis to use his power to dominate the world and defeat the allied forces. Instead the Nazi plot is foiled, and said child is recovered during the summoning and raised to become a champion for mankind. To defend them against supernatural, magical and otherworldly enemies.
Hellboy (2019) is a reboot of the original Hellboy films that began in 2004 and consisted of Hellboy (which was released in 2004) and Hellboy II: The Golden Army (which was released in 2008). The main differences between the 2004 and 2019 films are the overall story, characters that appear in the movie and lead actors with Ron Perlman having been replaced by David Harbour as Hellboy himself.
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- Official Trailer -
When did it come out?
What’s the story to Hellboy (2019)?
An ancient evil known as the Blood Queen, decapitated and dismembered, her body parts spread to the furthest corners of the land during her initial medieval crusade. Has been reassembled by present-day worshippers and wishes to continue her conquest over the human realm. Whereas before she was defeated by King Arthur, the king now long dead, she must now do battle with the human’s new champion Hellboy.
Now, this may seem like your typical good versus evil but unbeknown to Hellboy when he was summoned by the Nazis in World War 2, he was to become their ultimate weapon. Destined to do their bidding and even unknown to them conquer the world and rule it as the destroyer of man. A portion of the film sees this information coming to light. The Blood Queen using it to her advantage as she attempts to recruit Hellboy to rule by her side. Whilst Hellboy must struggle to comprehend what he has discovered and why his true origins have been hidden from him by his adopted father and the agency (B.P.R.D. aka The Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense) he works for.
Who are some of the actors and actresses in the film?
Daniel Dae Kim (Ben Daimio)
David Harbour (Hellboy)
Ian McShane (Professor Broom aka Hellboy’s adopted father)
Milla Jovovich (Blood Queen)
Sasha Lane (Alice Monaghan)
How did you like Hellboy (2019)?
During the film, there is a quote by Hellboy after he decapitates an opponent, and it is “lady, quit whilst you’re a head.” That sums up my feelings about this film.
The Hellboy (2019) film initially set out to be a sequel to Hellboy II and be another fantastic entry into the Hellboy series of films. Unfortunately, Guillermo del Toro did not return as the director, so Ron Perlman declined to take up the role again.
I love the Hellboy animated films, graphic novels and the original films so much. The entire universe is a treasure trove of the weird and unexpected, and it has such a wealth of material to draw from. Unfortunately, Hellboy (2019) seemed to want to distance itself from all of this and branch out. Instead of been a reboot for the series, it was, in my opinion, a colossal failure.
The premise of the story was a rather good one, but it played out poorly. Certain parts of the film felt like they dragged on for too long whilst others that needed the extra time or more in-depth exploration were over too quickly. The acting of various characters (including Hellboy himself) was done so so off style that when compared to the graphic novels (the source material) that it did not seem to be Hellboy at all. He was more cheap jokes, attempted one-liners and was played with a small range of emotions. I found it hard to relate or even feel an investment in any of the character’s stories. I won’t go on a rant about the accents either, but Daniel Dae Kim’s attempt at a British accent is about as typical as you might get from non-British actor and was often cringey.
There were a few plus sides to the film though, some fantastic scenery and set locations. Hellboy getting to ‘visit’ Baba Yaga. And the fight scenes throughout the film were well choreographed and seemed to flow from non-action to action, seamlessly.
Overall though I am glad I caught the film on Netflix as opposed to buying it as it would have been a waste of £15. I have seen the movie now and okay it is worth a watch to compare to the others, but it is not something I can honestly say I would recommend. If you are looking for a proper true to source Hellboy, check out the original films or even the animated films (Sword of Storms (2006) and Blood and Iron (2007)).
What overall rating would you give Hellboy (2019)?
I would give Hellboy (2019) a 2 out of 5 bananas. If I could, I would go two and a half, but I do not feel it warrants a 3.
With such a large universe and wealth of materials to draw on, this Hellboy feels like an afterthought. When the original Hellboy 3 fell through this, whatever this is, was thrown together. Although I am a fan of Hellboy, I tried my hardest to go into watching this with a clear mind and no expectations, and I am lucky I did, or I may not even have rated it It really was that much of a disappointment.
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