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'Hellboy' (2019): Another Failed Reboot

Updated on July 28, 2019

In this adaptation of Hellboy, Hellboy must stop an ancient sorceress from taking over the world. Oh, what this movie could have been. Before I start, I just want to make clear that I did enjoy this movie for what it is. I was disappointed, but it is a somewhat enjoyable movie.


My favorite thing about 'Hellboy' was David Harbour. He is actually the only thing I was excited about in this movie. I absolutely loved him in 'Stranger Things' so naturally I wanted to see what he could do with this role. He did good with what he had to work with. I thought he portrayed Hellboy just right. He was grumpy and mean but had a soft side to him. I loved the make-up for Hellboy as well. He really looked like a demon from hell! He was a lot more dark and grim for this movie and I think it worked.

I also liked the inner battle that Hellboy struggled with. He struggles with living in our world. The bad girl in this movie makes him question if he should continue his journey in our world. I enjoyed that inner battle he had with himself.

There are some cool shots in this movie. Some instances came straight from the graphic novel. There is also a fight scene with three giants, which I would say is the best scene in this movie.


The biggest problem with this movie is the screenplay. The storytelling is everywhere with this one. As a whole the individual scenes do not come together to tell this one story. It feels as if every scene is its own thing and doesn't lead into the next. When the next scene finally comes, there are so many unanswered questions that it is hard to pay attention.

Another negative is the big baddie. She is not good. Her motivation is very unclear. She is shown to be killed by King Arthur and when she comes back she just wants to take over the world. However, it never explains why she wants to do this. She just shows up here and there and has a 5 minute scene at the end with Hellboy. She just did not work in this movie... at all!!

The CGI was also very splotchy. There were many scenes where the CGI was so bad I laughed a little bit. This just took me out of the movie completely.


Overall, this movie had some enjoyable aspects. However, as a whole this movie is sloppy and silly. It is a movie that I would recommend just wait until it's on t.v. As it does have some enjoyment within the movie, I would not waste any money on it.


2 stars for Hellboy

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