24th April 2019
As this Hellboy reboot gets going,
it doesn’t take long before I’m wondering why Del Toro wasn’t asked back. The
first two Hellboy films were quite well-received. They weren’t life-altering
films by any means, but Del Toro nailed the both the comic’s dark and colourful
elements. Marshall’s Hellboy outing, however, is a confused and inconsistent
Marshall’s Hellboy is what I
imagine the love child of Suicide Squad and Silent Hill might look like;
there’s unnecessary gore, cheesy one-liners, off-kilter pacing, and grandiose
stakes that requires all together too much exposition.
But it’s not all bad - it’s David Harbour, not Ron Perlman who dons the horns
of Hellboy this time, and despite Perlman’s excellent portrayal, Harbour stands
up to the challenge. The one real shame of Harbour’s appearance is that his
Hellboy simply wasn’t given enough time to develop organically.
throws fewer tantrums and is less rebellious, but he manages to portray a deep,
dark hurt that unfortunately isn’t given the time of day on screen.
Hellboy, as you’d expect, packs a
lot of punch. It’s driven on action, gratuitous swearing, and the most
imaginatively gruesome ways to rip the human body apart. If that sounds like
your thing - you’ll have a blast, but don’t go expecting an altogether coherent
Rated: 3/5 Stars
Reviewed by: Rebecca Macklin