Don't compare it to Guillermo Del Torro
There was only really one thing that bugged me about this film; the critic reviews!
Don't listen to all of the critics! I had a lot of fun during this film, and right off the bat, you know that this is going to be a very different version of Hellboy. Don't get me wrong, I loved the Guillermo Del Torro movies, but they just weren't the Hellboy that I had read about in the comics. The tone and characterization in Del Torro's films were nothing like in the comics. They were good, but just not what I was looking for.
I was in for a pleasant surprise for this film. By the end of the very first scene portraying David Harbor's Hellboy, I felt so relieved. It was such a fresh wonderful take on the character and felt so much more like the character I had read about in the comics. Yes, he had a bit of a deadpanned dry humor, which I really liked, but the core of the character was a lot more pure than the previous Ron Pearlman adaption. I loved Ron Pearlman as Hellboy, but he was a lot more arrogant and rude than how the character was in the comics. I was relieved and overjoyed to finally see David Harbor do complete justice to the character in the comics.
The same goes for Ben Daimino. He was still his charming, roughly arrogant character from the comics, and I couldn't help but love to finally see Daimino on the big screen alongside Hellboy. Everything Daimino did in the movie, I could see him doing it in the comics too. They didn't try to tone down Ben Daimino's rough personality that he had in the books, while still managing to give him a noticeable character arc.
Alice was a very interesting twist on the character I had loved in the comics. Normally I would be distasteful to any changes in the characters, but I really loved this new take on her. She was strong and pivotal to the backstory of one of the villains. I fell in love with the actress quickly and would love to see her in future films.
Now, I think it should be understood to younger viewers that this movie is extremely violent and covers very dark concepts. There is gore in almost every scene, and graphic depictions of decapitations, stabbing, dismembering, and certain types of violence I don't even know how to put a word to. Dead children are even depicted in a specific scene, clearly being preyed on by the witch, Baba Yaga. They are seen in the background hanging off of meat hooks. There are plenty of scary elements that many younger viewers should be cautioned about. As parents, you should know your children well enough to determine whether they are ready to see this sort of violent film. I believe that even if your child is not affected by violence, they should have the maturity to understand the severity of the actions. Many innocent people are killed, and the villainess craves empathy. These sort of violent scenes and mature topics made me feel sick to my stomach especially in the Baba Yaga scene, and I think that is what the filmmakers might have been aiming for. Truly gruesome things are portrayed in this movie, and certain things should be understood with a mature mindset. Discuss with your kids about what the story might have been telling you about evil. Each villain was evil in their own way. If you are a Christian, it is good to contemplate this. While watching the Baba Yaga scene, I was in awe by how utterly gruesome and evil the character was. My mind wandered to the unimaginable evil of the Devil himself and thought if this witch is this terrifying, morbid, and indescribably grotesque, how much worse can the Devil be? Things like this can be contemplated from the film. As a sort of philosophical person, I actually think that the terrible violence in the film benefitted from this concept. It was the embodiment of utter corruption and horror, though barely scratches the surface of the severity of these actions.
I think this was a really good film and personally got a lot from it. I would definitely recommend it to most teens and up.
This title contains:
Positive role models
Violence & scariness