August 19, 2008
Hellboy II: The Golden Army will delight fans of the original comic-book adaptation, offering up as it does a much bigger spectacle with more wit and an eye-popping gallery of exotic creatures, while leaving non-enthusiasts like me admiring but uninvolved.
Director Guillermo Del Toro makes the most of a more generous budget to create some arresting set-pieces, including a malevolent forest that sprouts through the streets of New York and a fight with some razor-teethed "tooth fairies".
The creatures too, especially the dwellers of a subterranean Troll Market, are brilliantly imaginative.
But the story fails to whip up much energy with a rather perfunctory villain, elf prince Nuada (Luke Goss), seeking to wake a long-dead army in order to conquer the world.