It would seem easy to dismiss this film, and its predecessor, as another example of the decline of our society - great, now the devil is the good guy. Its a fair criticism to an extent, this is well designed spot of post modernism. In a strange way, the play of what Hellboy is (a demon) opposing what he tries to be (a hero) has some interesting subtext going going for it.
Del Toro put a good deal of thought into his first outing and created an enjoyable twist on what should have been a predicable McMovie. This one? Well, Perlman seems made for this role and Del Toro's eye for design is certainly in full effect. If the story is sound it will probably be worth the hassle of seeing it in the theater.
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* - "Graphic novel" eh? How fancy, its a novel but its graphic. It's a comic book with better binding. And while we're at it, action figures are dolls.
Screenwriter: Guillermo del Toro (El Laberinto del fauno (Pan's Labyrinth))
Director: Guillermo del Toro (Blade II)
Actors: Ron Perlman (The Ice Pirates), Selma Blair (The Fog), Doug Jones (Lady in the Water), Jeffrey Tambor (Hellboy), Luke Goss (One Night with the King), and John Hurt (V for Vendetta)