Starring: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, James Dodd, Jeffrey Tambor, John Alexander, Luke Goss, Anna Walton, Seth McFarlane
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Writer: Guillermo del Toro
Executive Producer: Chris Symes
Producers: Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin, Mike Richardson, Joe Roth
Action, Fantasy, Comedy
Rating: MPAA – PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and some language.
was convinced that I could predict
2: The Golden Army
from beginning to end. I thought that Guillermo del Toro had amassed
a run-of-the-mill action movie with special effects, cheesy
one-liners and a predictable plot. Although most of these
descriptions could, sometimes, be applied to the movie, it turned out
to be totally different from what I had expected. It had a decent
story, fun action, wacky comedy and splendid visuals. Of course it
had its logical flaws and, at points, poor visuals, as well as a few
cliché moments, but the package as a whole was quite enjoyable and,
best of all, deviated from the norm.
plot, continuing from the last film, opens with the story about a
mythical, indestructible golden army being told to a young Hellboy.
The golden army was created by the elves to fight the humans. The
elves decided to end the war and create a truce with mankind. They
then proceeded to lock away the army and split apart the crown used
to control it into three pieces, so it could not be woken again. Two
were kept by the elves, and one was given to mankind. However, the
son of the elf king (Goss) was not pleased with this decision. The plot then
cuts to present day where we learn that the story was not a myth, and
the son of the elf king is on the hunt to collect the pieces of the
crown. It is Hellboy’s job to prevent him from gaining control of
the golden army, while, at the same time, deal with his own personal
issues – issues of the relationship variety. His girlfriend, Liz
Sherman (Blair), is pregnant and does not have faith that Hellboy
(Perlman) will make a good father, or a good boyfriend at that. As
well, Abe Sapien (Jones) has his own love related issues. He has
fallen in love with the daughter of the elf king (Walton). Abe and the rest of
the group are watching over her because she has one of the crown
pieces that her brother is looking for.
Prince Nuada practices scaring human children.
you can see, the movie is a mixture of a love ballad and an action
film. In fact, I would say that the movie is predominantly a love
ballad due to the heavy emphasis on love and relationships. This
makes the movie all the more interesting and unique. Very rarely do
you see a comic book or superhero movie that contains such romance
and drama. The movie also overflowed with an abundance of humor and
awesome special effects. Like the first
there was a concoction of witty comments and wacky, sometimes
slapstick humor. The music did a great job at accentuating this wacky
theme. The special effects were great, and again, like the first
movie, there was a huge emphasis on gears and mechanical objects,
lending the movie a
acting was fine, aside from the cliché one-liners that were thrown
in every now and then. Ron Pearlman played a funny and lively Hellboy
to perfection. I also enjoyed Doug Jones and James Dodd, both of whom
played their roles rather well. The rest of the cast did a good job
as well, nothing too great, but nothing horrible.
are a few issues that I would like to point out. First off, the
costume design could have been a little better, especially at the
beginning when we meet young Hellboy. The kid looks as though he is
wearing a mask. It is not realistic at all. Second, at one point
Hellboy’s team acquires a piece of the crown. Why did they not
destroy it right then and there, putting an end to the whole dilemma
altogether? Finally, the title of the movie was rather deceiving.
They say that the story is about the golden army, but rather, as I
have shown, the golden army is more of a side plot. They throw it in
every now and then to keep the movie going, but it sits on the
sidelines most of the time while romance takes the lead. This is not
such an issue because it did not ruin the experience. However, they
should have considered giving the film a different title.
Princess Nuala talks to Abe.
2: The Golden Army
is a great movie to watch with friends. Although, I do not think it
is more than that. It will deliver a fun time, but it is not a film
you can watch over and over, and is not thought provoking. It is
strictly entertainment with a romantic twist, and if you expect
otherwise, you will be sorely disappointed. If you want to have a
good time, watch this deviant action comedy.