Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Hellboy II: The Golden Army
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How unfaithful do you want it and how much "visual flare" do you want?


Guillermo del Toro: Yes
Genre: Superhero
Action
Directed By: Guillermo del Toro
Produced By: Lawrence Gordon
Mike Richardson
Lloyd Levin
Written By: Guillermo del Toro
Based On: Hellboy by Mike Mignola
Starring: Ron Perlman
Selma Blair
Doug Jones
Jeffrey Tambor
John Hurt
Cinematography: Guillermo Navarro
Distributed By: Universal Pictures
Release Date: July 11, 2008
Runtime: 120 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $82.5-85 million
Box Office: $168.3 million
Franchise: Hellboy
Prequel: Hellboy
Sequel: Hellboy III (cancelled)
Hellboy (2019)


Hellboy II: The Golden Army is a 2008 American superhero film based on the fictional character Hellboy created by Mike Mignola. The film was written and directed by Guillermo del Toro and is a sequel to the 2004 film Hellboy, which del Toro also directed. Ron Perlman reprises his starring role as the eponymous character. Hellboy II: The Golden Army was released by Universal Pictures.

Plot

The evil Prince Nuada is hell-bent on bringing the Golden Army to life, which will help him to conquer the world. Hellboy and his team join forces to defeat the callous ruler.

Bad Qualities

  1. Once again, it's still not faithful to the source material. Except, it now wants to act like an action comedy rather than a superhero movie, making it even worse than the last time.
  2. Seen in the first film, Hellboy has feelings for Liz Sherman, and he succeeds by kissing her while on fire. He tries so hard to appeal to her and even almost congratulates John Myers for bringing her back to the BPRD. In this film, for whatever reason, Liz now hates Hellboy while Hellboy constantly gets her into an abusive relationship., meaning every effort he put to build a relationship meant absolutely nothing.
  3. While the CGI is an improvement of the last film, it's still dull for 2008 standards. In fact, there's an animated segment at the beginning that looks like a late PlayStation 2 cutscene.
  4. The main antagonist, Nauda, is generic. He is your typical "father casts him out and comes back for revenge" type of villain, who's also just power-hungry for the sake of being such.
  5. As a comedy, it's not really that funny.
    • Most of the "humor" is Hellboy abusing Liz in their relationship, and it treats that like a joke.
    • A shameless attempt to advertise the song Can't Smile Without You by Barry Manillow by having Hellboy and Abe Sapien drunkly singing it.
    • Hellboy literally breaks Krauss's body, with revenge being slammed by locker doors. That, too, is treating as a joke.
  6. Just like the last film, it relies a lot on expedition over explanation (it's not a big issue unlike the previous, though). Because of this, it adds Krauss, a ghost inside of a suit, whose only motivation is to overprotect Hellboy from doing any trouble. Because, it forms "comedy" over Hellboy and him hating each other until Hellboy's near-death experience where he just goes into "okay, let's break the rules because screw the BPRD" mode.
    • If anything, it does basically anything to form "comedy," which is a problem considering Hellboy was never a comedy comic book series to begin with.
  7. The final fight scene. While it starts out with a decent action scene involving Hellboy and his crew fighting off the Golden Army, it then declines when Nauda challenges Hellboy, with his response saying "I'm going to kick his ass." Surely enough, he does kick his ass, nearly even without getting touched, which shows this movie was trying to portray him as a god-like creature. Hellboy may be hard to defeat, but going as far as to make nearly immortal? That's too much. But that's not it, predictably, Hellboy defeats Nauda, but instead of killing him for his crimes, he just takes the crown. Not like it matters, because he dies very anti-climatically by his sister committing suicide for him to feel the pain. Because of her death, he turns into a gold statue and dies, and that's it, that's how the film literally ends!
    • Followed by that, Hellboy and his crew quit the BPRD, and Liz confirms to having twins, baiting a sequel that never happened and instead, a reboot happened.

Good Qualities

  1. It's an improvement of the last film in many ways, including its CGI, a bit more explanation, and the action scenes (despite the final fight) being more fun than usual.
  2. The soundtrack that was performed by Danny Elfman was pretty good.
  3. Amazing performances from Ron Perlman, Seth McFarlane, Selma Blair, Luke Goss, Doug Jones, and other actors.
  4. The cinematography is still decent.
  5. Suck my ectoplasmic Schwanzstücke!

Reception

Hellboy II: The Golden Army received positive reviews from critics, but received more mixed reactions from audiences and fans. Although many saw it better than the last film, many still found it "unfaithful" and dismissed it.

Comments


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ItMeansNothing

4 months ago
Score 1

Top 10 Heroes That Can Kill Hellboy

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ItMeansNothing

4 months ago
Score 0
ThIS IS An uNdErRaTeD Gem loLolOlOlOLoLlol
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Stephenfisher2001

4 months ago
Score 4
I admittedly liked the movie during the summer, please don't get mad at me, I'm actually not a fan of Hellboy unlike you. :(
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LoonaHelluva

4 months ago
Score 0
why is this on the wiki if it had postive reviews from critics? no offense
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Blader07

4 months ago
Score 1
Just because it had positive reviews, don't means this movie is good.
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Anonymy

4 months ago
Score -1
Because the movie isn't good. People will think some slideshow made in powerpoint is good these days.
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ItMeansNothing

4 months ago
Score 2

Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army were primary examples of "it's good because the reboot sucks." The same can be said for Fantastic Four and the prequel trilogy of Star Wars.

People also tend to get asshurt over these movies despite its flaws and treat it like a second coming of Jesus. Hellboy is a massive offender, and people with brains should know that back then, these movies were not well-received by fans. However, people like LukeNukem MovieReviews and WatchMojo.com just don't accept the fact these movies are heavily mediocre and call it names like "underrated gems" and "flawless" as well as the "glory days" of Guillmero del Toro.

I, myself, enjoyed the first two movies, but there were WAY better movies like Eighth Grade and Next Gen that deserved better attention than these sad generic excuses of Hollywood movies.
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S012891

3 months ago
Score 0
But it also has good reviews from the audience. Is this all really necessary.
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S012891

3 months ago
Score -2
But I gotta say. The pointers in this page does look a lot more reasonable and detailed than the ones you n greatest movies wiki.
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ItMeansNothing

3 months ago
Score 0

@S012891

Yes, and like I PREVIOUSLY said, these movies are only considered "good" because the remake sucks. In reality, it's very flawed, and the "audiences" are just irate fantards of these films. My fucking god, stop defending everything.
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JinHazama

3 months ago
Score 1
Wage, the reboot being bad is not the only reason why the movie is considered good, before the reboot came out there were people who actually liked the two first Hellboy films.
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Crs3011

4 months ago
Score 2

May I present you...



COLDBOY
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Blader07

2 months ago
Score 0
How about Heavengirl
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ItMeansNothing

3 months ago
Score 1
Fuck Luke Nukem. "Greatest and underrated" my ass.
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JinHazama

3 months ago
Score 1
Not an horrible film, just not a great adaptation.
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ItMeansNothing

3 months ago
Score 1
I agree. I like this movie, regardless, but people ignore that this is a very flawed movie.
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ItMeansNothing

one month ago
Score 2
Fuck Luke Nukem.

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