Movie Review: Hellboy 2: The Golden Army

Fresh off of Pan's Labyrinth, director Guillermo del Toro dives back into the Hellboy franchise. I went into this film with a lot of expectations from the visionary director. And well, I came out with just that, a film with a lot of vision.
I thought the first Hellboy was an okay film, with just enough brilliance to give it a passing grade. And now that they have somewhat of a budget to make this a bigger and better one, I was expecting more. I wasn't displeased by the film, but I wasn't blown away either. Del Toro has a great vision, and that runs well in the characters and the designs he creates. Although, some of the characters, I must admit, are kind of annoying. And some of the environments are reminescent of a Star Wars Tatooine marketplace, which plays kind of wierd in a film like this. What I found lacking the most, was a good plot. Events just obviously happen, and nothing worth noting, really falls into place. There are better comic book plots like that of Iron Man and The Dark Knight to follow. And it probably didn't help that Hellboy 2 came out the week before the bat-flick (which took a lot of its audience). Del Toro has a great vision, and I can't wait to see what he has in store for The Hobbit, but until then, Hellboy 2 is a deserving look at the possibility of his imagination.
3 out of 5

Running time: 121 min.
Budget: $85,000,000
US Gross: $75,986,503
International Gross: $83,137,196
Total Gross: $159,123,699

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