Exploring: Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Review of: Hellboy II: The Golden Army Overall Rating: 9.5
This was a great Hellboy movie. Guillermo Del Toro working with Mike Mignola to help bring the feel of Hellboy to the big screen really paid off. The setting was breathtaking. The acting is well done. The creatures were believable and looked lived in. Del Toro does a great job giving us short scenes where we get to watch various characters and creatures doing simple things that lend to the feeling that there is more to them then just two dimensional characters. A particular scene in mind is when Hellboy and Abe are just hanging out having a drink talking about life and their aspirations. Johann Krauss was awesome and everything I expected. I loved the scene with the Angel of Death, the look of the character was very compelling, the conversation and difficult choice gave me goosebumps and helped to remind me of Hellboy's terrible destiny.
The story is brilliantly written. They were able to take a tragedy and masquerade it as an action film and pull it off. The tragedy story line is about Princess Nuala her family struggle and her choices ending in a classic manner as a tragedy would. This story line is knitted nicely into the action storyline which features Hellboy and his fight to save humanity from the "nasties" that go bump in the dark.
This movie is well worth seeing in the theater, especially if you are a fan of Hellboy.
The Plot / Story: In a time long forgotten an ancient battle between humans and the mythical creatures. During the battle an indestructible clockwork army was created, controlled by a crown and unleashed on the humans. After a truce was made they split the crown one half going to the elves and the other half going to the humans. Now Prince Nuada (Luke Goss) wants to finish off the humans so he sets out to reunite the crown and take control of the golden army.
- Brilliantly written storyline
- good acting
- Creatures and characters have lots of depth to them
- Setting has a feel of being lived in
- The hang out scene with Abe and Hellboy
- Johann Krauss is fun and entertaining
Dislikes / Concerns
- There are several things that started as concerns but as the movie goes on they fell away or were addressed. The beginning is a little slapsticky in it's humor but it goes away and works with the story. Liz starts with the line "you better run" which was also used in first Hellboy movie giving the concern that it was going to be a catchphrase to be overused but it never came up again.
- I was concerned about the number of creatures to be shown in the film but Del Toro pulls it off and like in Star Wars it gives a lived in feel to the film.
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Del Toro's director Scrapbook for Hell Boy II
They added Del Toro's director scrapbook to the Hellboy II site. This is a really neat feature and worth the hassle of waiting on the flash intensive slow loading site.
On the left is an image of the page full of Del Toro's notes and sketches. The image has a zoom feature so that you can really get into the page and look up close at it's parts.
On the right is a video player with comments from Del Toro regarding the page being displayed. I love his talk about the eyes on his angle of death and how they got to the look that we now see in the trailer to Hell Boy.
It also appears that they are planning on releasing additional pages at a later date. My hopes are that these will become special features on the DVD. They are really neat and well worth checking out.
Hellboy II & Big Red's Big Baby
|There are some new updates out on Hellboy II: The Golden Army. First there is a new trailer out, watch it here in the P:S HQ.|
|I like how In the trailer we get to see more footage from the film really helping to set it aside from the trailer that came out last year. We get to see the soldiers in the golden army, they look very cool and terrifying. I'm very excited about this film I love the touch of Hellboy's big baby, but I was even more curious over what he was carrying in his other hand... looks like a baby... curious.|
|There are also some new images released on the official Hellboy II production site, see them here.|
Hellboy II Prequel Comic Sneak Peek
HELLBOY: THE GOLDEN ARMY is a 16-page comic that details the rise of The Golden Army--the indestructible force that Hellboy and his team in the BPRD fight in Universal Pictures' upcoming action-thriller Hellboy II: The Golden Army
They also published the first five pages [read them here]. The artwork is compelling and the story gives an explanation to the origins of the Golden Army telling us who created it, what the golden army is and why it was created!
How To Build Johann Krauss
Well the guys over at Hell Boy II: The Golden Army put out a great little video of the Character Design Meeting for Johann Krauss. See the video [here]
They talk about how they need the moving parts of the suit to move. I love the use of a lazy Susan to give a swivel look and feel. Guillermo Del Toro also insists that he needs a mechanism that will allow his gaseous form to escape the suit quickly. Hence the disc located on his left chest area. I'm guessing that means that we will get an opportunity to see Krauss outside of the suit at some point during the movie.
For the curious out there, Johann Krauss was an exceptionally gifted Psychic who while traveling on the ethereal plane had his physical body incinerated. This was an incident involving the terra cotta warriors and thus the tie in with the movie, although I don't know wether they will show the actual disaster that incinerated and separated the souls of many around the site or if they are going to do a reinterpretation of the events.
The original incident left just an ectoplasm essence of Krauss since his body was incinerated. The B.P.R.D created a suit for him to keep him from dissipating. He has to keep his essence in a vessel or he will eventually dissipate and would be lost forever.