Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Hellboy II: The Golden Army Review

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Release Date: 28th August 2008 - Australia

Production Companies
Universal Pictures
Relativity Media (in association with)
Dark Horse Entertainment (in association with)
Lawrence Gordon Productions
International Filmproduktion Eagle
Mid Atlantic Films

Universal Pictures Australia

Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 115 minutes

Budget: $85,000,000

Box Office Gross: $160,388,063

Plot Summary
The fate of mankind hangs in the balance when a ruthless prince awakens an unstoppable army of creatures and wages war with the human world. It's up to Hellboy and his team of paranormal outcasts to face off with the forces of darkness in the ultimate battle of good versus evil!

Ron Perlman - Hellboy
Selma Blair - Liz Sherman
Jeffrey Tambor - Tom Manning
Doug Jones - Abe Sapien
John Alexander - Johann Krauss/Bethmoora Goblin
James Dodd - Johann Krauss
Seth MacFarlane - Johann Krauss (Voice)
Luke Goss - Prince Nuada 
Anna Walton - Princess Nuala
John Hurt - Trevor "Broom" Bruttenholm
Brian Steele - Wink/Various
Andrew Hefler - Agent Flint
Ivan Kamaras - Agent Steel
Mike Kelly - Agent Marble
Monse Ribe - Young Hellboy
Roy Dotrice - King Balor 
Jimmy Kimmel - Himself (Cameo)

Story/Screenplay/Director - Guillermo del Toro
Based on Dark Horse Comic 
Producer/Visual Consultant -
Mike Mignola
Executive Producer - Chris Symes
Producers - Lawrence Gordon, Mike Richardson and Lloyd Levin
Co-Producer - John Swallow
Production Designer - Stephen Scott
Costume Designer - Sammy Sheldon
Creature and Makeup Effects Designer - Mike Elizalde
Director of Photography - Guillermo Navaro
Stunt Coordinator - Bradley James Allan
Visual Effects Supervisors - Mike Wassel, Jeppe N. Christensen
Visual Effects Consultant - Christopher Cram
Animation Supervisor - Anders J.L. Beer
Film Editor - Bernat Vilaplana
Music - Danny Elfman


2009 Academy Awards
Best Makeup - Mike Elizade and Thomas Floutz (Nominated) 

The supernatural phenomenon of HELLBOY has a change of atmosphere with the sequel THE GOLDEN ARMY going straight to fantasy-based than dark and gothic like the first HELLBOY instalment. Guillermo del Toro has reprised his creative control of HELLBOY as the director in the sequel through his newfound prestige with the success of his foreign-language dark fantasy PAN'S LABYRINTH. Though THE GOLDEN ARMY is almost alike to the first hit in varying degrees while keeping the frenetic pace of the fun and action. It's almost as if Guillermo del Toro is directing a film where the title character crosses over with a fantasy world similar to his previous art movie.

The story isn't as strong as the original, though it picks up soon after the first movie ended. Ron Perlman still has the acting chops for his renowned performance of Hellboy as some of the original cast reprised their roles in the GOLDEN ARMY. Actor/animator Seth MacFarlane is surprisingly added as the voice of Johann Krauss, the team's ghostly and masked strategist and leader. The visuals remained intact, but are improved in so much when the effects team began to realise the quality that was used in the original film.

That being said, HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY is indeed a great feature and instalment and is certainly worth keeping the expectations from many audiences it pleases. This movie is a must-see for comic book fans and viewers alike who have yet to see both original and THE GOLDEN ARMY back-to-back.

Star rating: (8/10) Very Good Movie

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