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Posted on 7/15/08 12:15 PM
Hello. Hellboy II was a significant improvement from the original. It was funnier, had more action, and actually felt realistic. This could either be from the lack of cgi (del Toro made a point of using costumes) or from fantastic screenwriting/acting...
My guess is the acting. There aren't many who would find a scene with a demon and a fishman (Hellboy and Abe) getting drunk together and singing along to lovesongs realistic by any stretch of the imagination or suspension of disbelief. But It works. By God it works.
Everything from the relationship between Liz and Hellboy, to the frightening image of the Angel of Death, to the media coverage of the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense, all of it is so real.
That's what makes del Toro the success that he is.
Taking a ridiculous plot of an otherwise little known comic character and having it be coherant and relevant.
If you see the film, expect the awesome to come flying at you from all directions. Not just in the action scenes, either. In every scene. I give Hellboy II The Golden Army a 9 out of 10.