Posted on September 20, 2004 by Flames
Starring: Ron Perlman, John Hurt, Selma Blair, Rupert Evans, Karel Roden. Directed and Screenplay Written by: Guillermo del Toro. Based on the comic book by: Mike Mignola
Imagine you are an FBI agent, called upon to take on a new task with a secret organization. You are not briefed on your assignment and have no idea what to expect. Entering the facility, you discover that you are assigned accompany the world’s most talented crime fighters, who just happen to be demons and creatures with incredible powers. Enter Hellboy: a demon raised by humans, set on the preservation of mankind — his way! Hellboy incorporates demons/fantastic creatures, arch-villains, and non-stop action that is both unique and traditional.
The story, explained from the very beginning, is as precise as I’ve seen in a movie of its genre in a longtime. What I always find difficult in films based on novels, short stories or comic books/graphic novels is being satisfied with the products’ transformation from pages to the silver screen. Hellboy didn’t leave me with too many doubts or dissatisfying notions. The film is made in the traditional “comic book movie” style, filled with many elements that the common film goer might find distracting. Personally, I thought the elements such as “one liners” and corny jokes fit very well the the personality of the characters and nature of the film.
The special effects are entertaining and keep the eyes interested in the film. I feel they accompany the plot, rather than distract the view, adding to the enjoyment of the film. Ron Perlman was most definitely transformed into Hellboy through a wonderful job of make up and special effects. The only thing that disappointed me with effects was use of location, though there were a few places where there were unique locations for the characters to be in, I feel there could had been a bit more of an expansion
From a gaming perspective, Hellboy: The Movie would be an ideal concept for the gamer who enjoys action in their story line. The concept has the potential for a GM to use Hellboy and other characters in the film as sparks in the fire in creating various options for the genre. I also feel that the concept would easily be able to fit into many of the comic book related game systems such as Silver Age Sentinels and other systems on the market.
If your looking for an action packed film, that will keep you wanting more, I highly suggest Hell Boy. Small children, under the age of 12 may be scared by the film, but overall is pretty suitable for most ages. The film is Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence and frightening images.
Reviewer: Jeff Jacobs