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The big question I have about this film? Did it even need to be a reboot? I feel that it would have worked better as another installment in the Del Toro Hellboy canon, with Ron Perlman reprising the famous role. If it were a third film in the Del Toro series, we would have more time to develop the characters instead of retreading the Hellboy backstory with which weíre already familiar.
The plot as itís told is very similar to the Del Toro films, in that itís less one movie and more an episodic series of events tied around an overarching plot. The special effects are passable, about on par with other modern superhero movies, the jokes were quite funny, the action scenes served their purpose, the horror elements were genuinely terrifying, and the music is just meh.
As for the characters... well, Iím disappointed that Liz and Abe did not return for this film, as I felt they complimented Hellboyís personality perfectly in the original films. Hellboy himself is not quite as interesting a character as in the original. Iím sure the new actor was trying his best, but heís not written as sympathetically or as charismatically as the Perlman portrayal, instead being a Wangst-y grouch like Chris OíDonnellís Robin. Furthermore, his female counterpart here seems to be just a watered-down rehash of Liz. On the other hand, Ben Daimio is a cool and likable character (Becuae how could anyone go wrong with British Werewolf Johnny Gat?) and Lobster Johnson FINALLY makes his silver screen debut ó he doesnít appear for very long, but he makes every second count. The Blood Queen poses a genuinely terrifying threat, but isnít developed well.
Overall, it gets a 6/10 from me. It wasnít great, but Iím still glad I saw it.
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