The Lowedown on “Hellboy” (R – Theatrical – US)

Or “I really missed Ron Perlman”

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 Lowedown.

Genre: Fantasy
Sub-Genre: Comic
Length: 2hrs

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…

Too much cardio…




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.

I’m really burning calories



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.

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