Rated: R - Runtime: 121 min
tesg’s Rating: Two stars (out of four)
Anyone who hasn’t gotten the memo that Guillermo del Toro and Ron Perlman aren’t involved shouldn’t take more than ten seconds into this to be slapped in the face with that reality. That’s about the point where the narrator uses the phrase “pissed off”. Stay classy, narrator. I’d be amused to see people walk out at that point.
The movie does have the basic Hellboy characteristics. His snark is there and there’s lots of mythical creatures and battles and plot twists and stuff, but it’s all far simplier and less interesting than it would have been with del Toro. The whole thing plays to an 80’s metal soundtrack, which is really really fitting.