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Hellboy [Apr. 2nd, 2004|08:45 pm]
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Let's get one thing straight. I'm a girl. I don't really read comic books unless they're from the ACME Novelty Library or they take place in a town called Riverdale. And yet, I went to see Hellboy today after work anyway.
What can I say? I had time to kill, and the bargain mat was at 5:20. But it was fun! It has all the elements of greatness: nasty Nazis (including a woman named Ilsa - are all Nazi women named Ilsa?), creepy corpses, acerbic wit, the unkillable Rasputin (of all people) and a cigar-smoking, cat-loving devil of a leading man. Plus, it takes place in New York, a city where anything can happen.

Interestingly, there are some heartbreakingly beautiful shots in this. One shot of a sea of black umbrellas parting to let a casket pass through...absolutely gorgeous. Another thing I admired about this film is the veiled violence. There is quite a lot of killing in this, especially impalements and stabbings. But we don't really ever see them. We see the body, we see the movements obscured by a pillar, we get the impression of the gruesome brutal murder, rather than all the graphic details. After The Passion of the Christ and Kill Bill, it's refreshing. It's also what I've been saying all along: It's just as effective, if not more so, to not see the gore but to imagine it.

The best part about this movie is Abe, voiced by David Hyde Pierce. Abe is a more erudite and cultivated version of the Creature from the Black Lagoon who loves rotten eggs and can psychically read people and objects. Selma Blair is Liz (a name shared by 60% of all the women in the world), a very Emily-like firestarter and Hellboy's love-interest. Which really raises the question, how does Ron Perlman do it? First Linda Hamilton in the 80's, now Selma Blair almost 20 years later...of course, they never see his face...but he still ends up with the girl. Must be the voice. Not bad for a 54-year-old guy!

It's not by any stretch a perfect movie...but hell. It's fun. When he saves the kittens in the subway, when he gets he gets jealous, when he gets advice from a nine-year-old...Hellboy will make you laugh. Or, at least, smile and chuckle ironically.

[User Picture]From: effy
2004-04-03 02:18 am (UTC)
YAY! I'm glad you liked it. We'll see it...eventually. :)
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[User Picture]From: gev
2004-04-03 02:54 am (UTC)

Ron Perlman...

Man.. every time I see him any more, I think of him in
The Name Of the Rose and The City Of Lost Children.
Not the most flattering of roles in either case.
Very well done, just not... 'pretty' characters.
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[User Picture]From: kteeski
2004-04-03 03:32 pm (UTC)
They gave it a good review on the news last night but said that the only problem was the fact that NYers react in the subway and we all *know* they wouldn't. (which, from the ads I've seen on tv, uh, they probably would, but it was a funny joke)

I'm obviously not a comic reader either, but I absolutely love the ads they have on with Seinfeld and Superman. Superman refusing to take the Green Lantern's calls? I went to the American Express website and watched the entire short they have there...funny.
You can see the tv teasers there too if you haven't seen them yet.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2004-04-03 04:23 pm (UTC)
Superman refusing to take the Green Lantern's calls?

Bwahahahaha! I'll have to check that out! Thanks for the tip!
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[User Picture]From: rabkitty
2004-04-03 06:10 pm (UTC)
I had an inkling you'd alteast tolerate it, couldn't figure why you were ao against it. I can't wait to see it, then again I some how got my X's & Y's crossed in the movie department.
While I like the girly movies, I love the testoterone ridden action movies alot more.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2004-04-03 11:03 pm (UTC)
I wasn't "against it." Not at all...it just wasn't as high a priority to see as some other movies, like The Prince and Me which I need to review.

That and the fact that I'd never heard of Hellboy until the movie came out.

I don't mind action films - hell, I love Hong Kong Kung Fu movies! - but I tend not to like comic book movies. Mainly because I don't know the backstory.
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From: butterpat
2004-04-05 11:37 am (UTC)
Thank you for an interesting review. I'm a big fan of the comic itself, and was curious how it would seem cinematography-wise to someone who wasn't familiar with the art and styling of the comic (which to me, are full of simple dark lines and beauty). We haven't seen it yet, but plan to soon. Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: mtarbarnes
2004-04-14 02:38 am (UTC)
I watched it with 4 boys and we all thought it was very good.It gave me the 'olde comicbook feel' I remember when I was a kid....just good plain action/fun.

I'm on my way to the American Express Website just to see the clip.....THX!
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