In Hellboy, Nazis try to open a gateway to a paranormal reality in an effort to beat the allies. However, they fail. In the end, they only succeed in creating an infant demon who is subsequently rescued by the allies. This demon is named Hellboy. He becomes the protagonist of this fun movie.
A 2004 byproduct of the fecund Guillermo Del Toro, Hellboy captured my interest quickly. I normally do not like movies based on graphic novels. However, this one proved to be an exception. Fast-paced and bristling with action, this film transported me into the story. It proved worth the cost of admission, and I recommend watching it. Or even re-watching it.
The Plot Heats Up
Hellboy, played by Ron Perlman, grows up. He becomes an active agent in the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense. As part of this elite and arcane team, he helps protect America from mystical forces. We get to see some of his development as he grows into this important role as vanguard, however. Professor Bruttenholm, the nefarious spawn’s benefactor, essentially adopts and raises the creature.
This film takes the best of the worlds of graphic novels and comic books and merges it with cinema. Often, the great thing about superheroes is their innate otherness. People are treated to that sort of adolescent awkwardness that most people can relate to. It is this human side to Hellboy that helps make him, and, thus, the story, compelling. Even poignant.
The Nazis, and Rasputin, re-emerge to try to revive their evil fight for the soul of humanity. Hellboy is sent from the subterranean bowels of a secret F.B.I compound to assist in defeating them again.
The action is tense and constant, and not terribly graphic. This is a great family-friendly film that is both entertaining and still relevant to the genre today.