This started out top be a sequel and I cheered… but then they decided on a reboot and I jeered. I heard it would be rated R and I was excited… but then I heard Ron Perlman would not be the lead and I cried. So I decided to give it a shot on the big screen… let’s kill a demon or two together and break this reboot down with The
Let’s take a look at the movie scores…
Movie Score: 6.4
The cast just barely makes the cut… the loss of Ron Perlman is significant. That affected the acting too for me… the timing was off. Plot:
Based on the graphic novels by Mike Mignola, Hellboy, caught between the worlds of the supernatural and human, battles an ancient sorceress bent on revenge. It totally looked like a reboot of the first film. I did like the ending… solid closure with great intensity. I was hoping that the story would tighten up with the reboot… but alas no such luck.
Favorite Quote: “Okay, I’d appreciate a prophecy with more relatable stakes.”
How did the genre scores pan out? Let’s take a look…
I liked the detail, but it didn’t live up to the first two films… I wanted Pan’s Labyrinth and got The Shape of Water. The CGI was blurry in a few spots, but I liked the gore a lot… one of the best parts of the film for me. The pace really dragged in the beginning and in the middle… trying to be more dramatic I guess but they didn’t need to.
Genre Score: 6.8
This was actually closer to the graphic novel than I expected… well done! It was not as funny, though and I think again it’s because of the lead.
Total Score: 6.6
There’s quite a bit to like and not like about this film. It was closer to the comic and the gore was fantastic (although completely CGI). The problems that I had really stemmed from the lead role. Some of the lines were the same but the delivery was wrong… I found myself comparing the performance to Perlman’s. This is one of those films I can only recommend if you are a fan of the graphic novel more than the first two films. I enjoyed it, but I didn’t love it.