Friday we rented Hellboy on DVD. I know a lot of people care a lot about what’s on the dvd extras, but that’s not my thing, so I have no idea. It was 2 discs so presumably it was chock full of goodies. But anyhows, the movie was good. Like one of those not brilliant, but damn good fun sorts of movies. In the based-on-a-comic genre of movies, though, I think it counts as brilliant:)
Hellboy starts off in the past, with Prof. Bloom leading a bunch of WWII American soldiers on a strange island that is the junction of a lot of ley lines. Unfortunately, Nazi soldiers had gotten there first, and Gregori Rasputin (yes, that Rasputin) is trying to use the energy to open an interdimensional portal to some Hell-like place in Space where the Gods of Chaos slumber. The American soldiers manage to interrupt their evil-doings and break the machine and kill Rasputin but since the portal was open so long, something came through. Turns out it’s a little red demon baby who likes Baby Ruth bars — the soldiers call him Hellboy. Anyways, fast forward 60 years or so, Hellboy is no longer a baby, but he’s still called Hellboy (or HB). He’s part of the FBI’s Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, which the FBI strongly denies the existence of. Professor Bloom has adopted Hellboy and is now head of the BPRD, which cleans up and studies any weird magical messes that arise. I know, it’s like every science fiction/fantasy cliche; the beginning was v. reminiscent of Indiana Jones in a way.
But the tone is so right for this type of movie. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, there’s definitely a lot of tongue-in-cheek. Hellboy also has a lot of heart. His relationship with Professor Bloom is so adolescent teen and dad, and he’s even in love with another misfit he grew up with — Liz Sherman (played by Selma Blair, who I’m glad isn’t playing the frigid girlfriend/fiancee/friend etcetc) who’s a firestarter with a hard time controlling her powers. Ultimately, I felt like it was a movie about love, and what’s good, and normal, and how our choices can define us. And it was good fun:)
I should point out that I’ve never read a Hellboy comic, or even knew that such a character existed, so I have no idea if it was true to the comics.