|HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY (3-Disc Special Edition)|
Written by Brian Wylie
November 4, 2008
Once again we have the privilege of watching some of the most unique and beautiful creatures ever created. Guillermo del Toro is back for his next installment of our favorite big red guy in Hellboy II: The Golden Army. After the success of Pans Labyrinth, del Toro brings more of his unforgettable creatures to Hellboy and he unleashes a whole new world that only he can bring to life. Lose yourself once again and sit back and enjoy one of the most satisfying visual masterpieces you may ever witness.
You quickly find out that everything that you have ever heard go bump in the night is truly something, and something that you need to fear. You are shown the brief history of the human world and fairy world and how we co-exist today. The balance has been held for some many years and the King has no plans on change anytime soon. But some from the other so called lost culture wish to regain what is rightfully theirs and what the humans have destroyed. Their leader is the Kings son, Prince Nuada.
What separates Hellboy II so much from the first Hellboy is not only the amazing looking new creatures del Toro brought to life, but the deep development of each character. You will once again see Hellboy and Liz butting heads like they always do, but this time for different reasons than before. Their relationship has expanded and soon their family will too. Hellboy, while fighting to save the day as usual, finds out that he is looking for satisfaction from the wrong people. Throughout the movie you see how he becomes something more as he matures. There is another love connection in this movie that really helps show how Liz and Hellboy really need one another, but I donít want to give too much away.
Once again you will watch good fight with good, and then good battle evil in some of the best filmed and best choreographed fight sequences to date. Enjoy both of the human and fairy worlds and then experience some of Guillermo del Toro best sets ever. See the Troll Market and a beautiful counsel chamber for the fairies and wonder if a world like that really is out there.
On top of the great casting done by Guillermo del Toro, you have some of the most beautiful sets and fighting scenes ever. I wasnít a huge fan of the love story development in this film but all was forgiven after watching the fight scenes. Even though there are not a lot of fighting scenes, the quality of them makes the quantity not an issue. The final two fight scenes could be the best ever hand to hand choreographed scenes ever. I am hoping that Guillermo has time for a third movie, just to see how he can top any of the sets, characters, and combat. This movie truly has it all.
There is not a lot of texture on the upconverting format but it makes the blu-ray version very promising. On top of that, the movie has a little blurring with halos around the characters. If you donít have an HDTV this movie will look better and could be the best looking film in your collection. It is a must have if you are any kind of film nut. Every time I watch it I find something new that just makes me wonder what will del Toro do next.