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Hellboy II [Jul. 17th, 2008|10:01 pm]
We went and saw Hellboy II with Sarah & her brother & Bryree last night. I enjoyed it, but I don't think it was nearly as good as the first one.

The visuals were gorgeous, the effects were well-done and quite spectacular, and I really liked the action scenes, particularly a lot of the fight choreography. But I think the script was kind of lacking. It felt very disjointed or schizophrenic, with a lot of tonal whiplash and sudden changes in character. The acting was good, given the lines they had to deliver, but there were a number of spots where I thought "oh, did you really have to go there? Come on."

By the end of it, I figured that probably the script had gone through several revisions with various people sent in by the studio to add in a lot of standard Hollywood junk and that whoever worked on the script just didn't really get what made the first movie so good, which is very strange because I think it was Guillermo del Toro who wrote the screenplay for both movies. So I don't know what happened.

But as I said, it was very, very pretty, so I wasn't unhappy that I spent my time and money on it. I was just disappointed that it wasn't as good as it could easily have been.

[User Picture]From: mattycub
2008-07-18 04:09 am (UTC)
Totally agreed. It looked pretty, and some of the actions scenes were top notch. But the plot? The dialouge? The character work? All very flat, and that left me feeling very meh about the whole enterprise.
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[User Picture]From: zalena
2008-07-18 06:30 am (UTC)
I've got an 'h' in my name, but I'll answer to either.

I liked the first one better, too; though I can't remember anything about it except that I liked it. And there was space. Like a planetoid or something. I'm still waiting for Hellboy: Ragnarok.

One thing I forgot to post in my own entry is how annoying it is everyone's talking about the 'surprising depth' of comic book movies this summer. I liked both Ironman & Hellboy, but they didn't have a lot in the way of surprises. Then again, this might be because they've been watching re-runs of the Beatles on Ed Sullivan for the past 40 years and haven't looked at anything comic related since the 'holy cannolli batman!' aluminum-siding age of comics.
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2008-07-19 04:42 am (UTC)
Dangit! I remembered that the 'h' was important, I just misremembered whether it was important to include or omit.
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