Posted at 6:57 PM on July 12, 2008
by Euan Kerr
Guillermo del Toro's "Hellboy 2: the Golden Army" is a hoot. It's great to see superheroes not take themselves too seriously while they are saving humanity from evil elven beings.
Of course del Toro being del Toro puts forward a pretty convincing case that the elven being may not be so much evil as just correct in their opinion that humans have despoiled the planet and so should be obliged to leave through the administration of the Golden Army (a collection of goblin-built robots apparently.)
Ron Perlman as Hellboy is at his best when he is verbally jousting with Jeffrey Tambor who plays Tom Manning the middle manager mis-assigned to be a liaison with the gang of demons and others who form the elite unit who have decided to side with the hairless apes.
Del Toro also continues to produce the same incredible visual spectacles he used so well in 'Pan's Labyrinth.' There is a sequence involving an elemental forest god which is both scary and beautiful, and provides a little philosophical bite with the explosions.
Special mention should go to Doug Jones who not only plays the sentient aquaman Abe Sapien, as the guy who specializes in acting in rubber suits, he also plays two other characters.
It's just a lot of fun.