Hellboy

Grownup movie night this weekend. With our son safely in bed, we sat down to watch Hellboy on Pay-per-view. As you probably know, this is another movie based on a character from a comic book series.

Here is the synopsis of the movie. We'd never read the comics or the synopsis for the movie before we watched it; we'd just got taken in by a preview and with a what-the-hell feeling, thought we'd give it a try. I was also very curious why the lead character had two lump of salami on his head (you're right, I didn't do much thinking about this movie up front).

Short summary: fairly enjoyable movie. Good scary monsters, though the reincarnation aspect (2 new ones for every dead one) got a little stale. Don't try to think too hard about this movie. The plot is thin. Just like the first Star Trek TV series, you know that if you see a good guy you've never met before, they are probably going to be toast (or even burn toast) very soon. There are some good one-liners delivered in a deadpan style by Hellboy, which just wouldn't have worked any other way. The special effects were good. I particularly liked the visuals for the apocalyptic screens and the views of the monster in prison on the other side of the portal. Also the scenes where they are making fun of Hellboy's indestructableness.

Ron Perlman makes this movie for me. Monster playing good guy. His softer side. His "teenage" angst with the Liz Sherman character. He was also the guy who played the Beast in this TV series. He's come a long way since then.

For the recent movies based on a comic books series that I've seen so far (and I've yet to see the Hulk or Spiderman 2), I preferred the X-Men films, but this was definitely watchable.

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