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Hellboy II: The Golden Army

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7.01 h 59 min2008X-RayHDRUHD12
Hellboy and his team of paranormal outcasts must face off with the forces of darkness in this exciting and imaginative adventure from the visionary director of Pan’s Labyrinth!
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Supporting actors
Jeffrey TamborLuke GossAnna WaltonJohn HurtSeth MacFarlane
Producers
Lawrence GordonMike RichardsonLloyd Levin
Studio
Universal Pictures
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4.5 out of 5 stars

892 global ratings

  1. 70% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 18% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 8% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 3% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 1% of reviews have 1 stars
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AlbatrossReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 September 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
What should have been the ‘middle chapter’
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Those nasty Nazis only tried to resurrect a demon to help them win WWII! Lucky we – the Allies – put a stop to that, but figured the demon in question was only a nipper, so we might as well keep him and get him to help us out instead! So goes the basic plot of ‘Hellboy’ – a superhero movie that came along sort of before this major superhero trend became so popular.

Despite not everyone clamouring to see it (let’s face it… the promotional posters of a red demon sporting an oversize claw and pistol hardly made it as ‘family-friendly’ as ‘Spiderman!’), but it certain did well enough to deserve a sequel.

The titular ‘Hellboy’ is played by (self-confessed) ‘grumpy old man’ Ron Perlman whose natural (grumpy) charisma shines through and brings this reluctant anti-hero to life. Familiar faces from the first outing also return to help out our demonic saviour including Selma Blair, Doug Jones and John Hurt and, although they all play their roles well, it’s Perlman whose big red face steals every scene.

So, Hellboy goes about his ‘normal’ business of saving us humans from those things that go bump in the night and there’s as much action and hideous monsters as you may expect. However, before you write it off completely as just another action movie, it’s worth mentioning that visionary director Guillermo del Toro is at the helm and his natural flair for visuals shines through and brings the world to life.

Of course there are plenty of computer-generated special effects, but there’s also more ‘practical’ effects on show here (most likely del Toro’s influence, based on his previous body of work) and it’s nice to see that models, masks and sets can still be used to great and very effective use when building a fantastical world like this.

Creator of ‘Family Guy’ Seth Macfarlane pops up for some moments of levity (or rather his voice does) as a friendly German spook whose misty form can inhabit various metal bodies, but if the film has a weakness then it’s something that the Marvel films would later suffer from – the villain. We have Luke Goss thrown in there as the new baddie – an elf with a grudge against humanity. Yes, he looks suitably evil and is pretty deadly, but he feels a little ‘generic’ when compared to everything else around him that’s so much above average.

‘Hellboy 2’ is certainly worth a watch, whether you’re into superhero films or not. It’s just a shame that del Toro and Perlman never got the third instalment they were so desperately pushing for. I hear there’s a ‘reboot’ on the horizon. I’m sure it will be okay, but it’s going to have to be VERY okay to beat either of the existing ‘Hellboy’ movies.
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wisdomstarReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 January 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A good action movie
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This was the version of Hellboy I liked years ago, but this time I found that, like most sequels, it didn't have that special something that the first one had. The elfin villian, though nasty, was a conflicted character trying to save his race. Therefore, especially if you are a Hobbit/Lord of the Rings fan where you care about the elves, you are conflicted as to how it should all end. The beginning makes me sick so I usually skip that scene. I think Ron Perlman is the perfect Hellboy and many thumbs up to him for putting up with the make-up and gear that he needs to wear to do this role. I gave this movie a five despite its flaws because it is a good action movie, Ron Perlman and Selma Blair are excellent in it, along with whoever plays the 'aquaman' (he got a better story line this time), the sets and costumes are wonderful. However, although my cat loved the first one, she slept through this one.
DougsmoogReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 February 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
Hollow things that you are!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fantastic!
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I had never heard of this comic book anti-hero before but don't let that put you off, this movie is a spectacular occult extravaganza! Go for it!

The original movie was very good too but the second instalment I found much better, the actors seem more at ease within their roles somehow, can't quite place it but it just feels better all round...

The intro is great, building the story with young hellboy eagerly listening to Fathers bed time story of the Golden Army, brilliant. Watched this with my son and he loves this movie but there are some more intense sense so if you're a parent you might want to give it a watch first just in case.

Blu-ray credentials are amazing, picture is crisp and detailed. Sound is perfect, pump up the volume and warn the neighbours. If you're looking for something different I would highly recommend this wholeheartedly.

A fantastic additional to any collection.
John ColmanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 May 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great film - stunning transfer
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This blu-ray is razor sharp.
I enjoyed this film at the cinema and it has lost nothing on its transfer to blu-ray.
The story of the first film felt a little flat but this film, while some might say mindless, delivers a very watchable plot.
I won't tell you that it's the greatest acting performance since the premiere of Macbeth but for a super-hero action film you can't get much better than this.
Not necessarily for the missus - this is a man's film.
Order this at your workplace address and smuggle it home under your jacket.
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Geoff McReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 September 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Hell Yeah
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Bit of distraction in times of trouble we’re the good guys win.
Glen (Apache)Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 December 2014
3.0 out of 5 stars
Pity about the singing.
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Sequels are rarely as good as the original and this is no exception.It starts and ends well then, about halfway through, the writers seem to have lost the plot . The scene with Aquaman and Hell Boy getting all drunkenly soppy and singing a love song is toe curling. My advice, fast forward from the moment Hell Boy offers Aquaman a beer to when they are sober!
Tony RimmerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 September 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Superb Quality
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Even though it was used. the quality of performance, viewability, and quality of the cover was brilliant. Full marks to the sellers of this product.
Man from poundstretcherReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 April 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
2? Twice the entertainment
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You dont need to have seen the 1st one (but you should cos its fun) but this ups the ante with regard to all the effects and "drama". Mr Perlman reprises and keeps fresh the role that he seems to have been born to play, and the fairy tale explanations for the main protaginists are beautifully rendered. If the first was a 5/5 this is a 7/5. A gem.
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