The third installment (well, technically a reboot) of the Hellboy live-action franchise is among us and boy is it a mess. A wonderful & glorious, action-packed mess of a movie.
I was initially worried that when I heard David Harbour got the main role, that he would not be able to fill Ron Perlman’s shoes. I'm happy to say that I was 100% wrong in this assumption. I'll even go as far as to say that I think he was a slightly better Hellboy than Perlman was. There was a touch more cynicism in his character than what I saw in the previous Hellboy movies.
All the other characters were alright. I mean they read their lines, gave convincing performances and got paid.
It seemed that about every time the movie started to get bogged down with a whole bunch of dialogue they found a way to start a fight. If it wasn’t a fight someone was in someway getting broken, punctured, diseased, or dismembered and I was fine with that. When it all comes down to it, it’s an action movie and action definitely was not lacking in this one. One thing you learn from watching the Hellboy movies is that almost all his problems can be fixed by punching someone in the mouth.
I shouldn't have to add this disclaimer here that this is in the movie only. Punching people in the mouth as a method of solving problems in real life. You'll get thrown in jail, no matter how satisfying it makes you feel after.
The movie contains 5 flashback “origin” stories, 3 villains and one henchman, a fight every 10 minutes or so (whether you want/expect it or not), a setup for a sequel and of course your main story. This movie is like taking 3 graphic novels (roughly 120 pages each) ripping out 15 pages from each one then putting those pages together to tell a complete story. The main villain Nimue, The Blood Queen (Mila Jovovich) is a great villain so it's too bad she didn’t really do much.
Baba Yaga was another great enemy for HB, but we really didn’t need her here because this story ISN’T ABOUT HER! Alice Monaghan and Major Ben Daimio … sure why not. What’s a comic book movie without origins for everyone you meet? I would complain about Thomas Hayden Church as Lobster Johnson, but I won’t, because IT’S THOMAS HAYDEN CHURCH AS LOBSTER JOHNSON!!! Look this movie plays out like you’re reading a comic book, where you turn a page and the story just shifts to something else.