Hellboy II: The Golden Army

The mythical world starts a rebellion against humanity in order to rule the Earth, so Hellboy and his team must save the world from the rebellious creatures.
Guillermo Del Toro
John AlexanderSeth MacFarlaneMike Kelly
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Jimmy KimmelRon PerlmanSelma BlairDoug JonesJeffrey TamborJohn HurtLuke GossAnna WaltonJohn AlexanderJames DoddBrian SteeleAndrew HeflerIvan KamarasMike KellyRoy Dotrice
Lawrence GordonLloyd LevinMike Richardson
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SciFi-Kaiju-Guy @ TeePublicReviewed in the United States on January 20, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A near-perfect comicbook movie. Wonderful performances all-around. One of GDT's very best films.
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BOTTOM LINE: This sequel is so engrossing, enchanting, outrageous and out and out fun that even if you've never heard of the character or seen the first HB movie you'll still enjoy it. It's stuffed with amazing creatures who are so alien and yet instantly identifiable as wholly human by their actions & emotions. This is just a grand time at the movies. In fact, the only downside of this film is that we'll never see the final installment of GDT's Hellboy trilogy to find out how everything wrapped up, now that they're rebooting the franchise. :-(

THOUGHTS: I rather enjoyed the first Hellboy movie back in 2004. I knew nothing of the comic on which it was based but was familiar with Ron Perlman’s genre work and was already a fan of Guillermo Del Toro, so it was a no-brainer to rent it when it hit the video store shelves. The first HB is off-kilter and chock full of so much eye candy in the form of crazy creatures that it was as much fun to stare at the individual elements of the film as it was to enjoy it as a whole. Thankfully, this 2008 sequel is everything the first film is and MORE, in the best possible way. Even better, you don’t have to have seen the first movie nor be familiar with the Mike Mignola comicbook series to enjoy it. (It helps, of course, but you won't be completely lost if you view HB II:TGA 'cold').

The acting across the board in this movie is simply outstanding. Ron Perlman nails the character of Hellboy and brings additional emotional depth this time around, fully fleshing out the complex demon anti-hero and making him so human that you feel he could be someone you know. (Like Mr. Spock, Hellboy and his eclectic friends / co-workers often come across in these films feeling more 'human' than most of the actual humans around them.) Selma Blair as HB’s hot love interest Liz Sherman doesn't get as much screen time as I would've liked, but she makes the most of what she does get. Doug Jones (for heaven's sake, someone give this man an Academy Award already! Sheesh!!) is absolutely wonderful as the literal fish out of water, Abe Sapien. His nuanced performance is a joy to watch; he can say more with twitchy physical mannerisms & head tilts than many other actors could with five pages of dialog. New BPRD/government liaison, Johann Krauss (voice acted by Seth McFarlane) is a visual wonder, (his intricately-detailed diving suit-inspired outfit is just fantastic!), and his wickedly funny interaction with HB and the others makes him a wary yet welcome addition to the rowdy BPRD crew. Jeffery Tambor as Tom Manning, the forever-frustrated divison head of the Bureau of Paranorma Research & Defense, is hilarious as always; the man's comic timing has been so finely honed over the years that he can probably do this kind of role in his sleep. :-)

The villains & sidebar characters are equally interesting, engaging and startling. Luke Goss as exiled Prince Nuada is a manic adversary, yet he has enough anguish and conflict bubbling just under the surface that you really feel for him. He is a frighteningly fierce fighter, and though he is thin & wiry almost to the point of malnutrition, his ferocity in combat makes him a very scary and lethal threat to our beefy red lughead hero. The action scenes, it must be said, are some of the most energetic and excellently-choreographed I've seen on film in ages. Magnificent work by both the actors & their stunt doubles. The Prince's behemoth henchman 'Wink' is a real treat, too; wonderfully realized through elaborate practical make-ups & suitmation work. No CGI hocus pocus here; just a very real, very tired and very sweaty stuntman giving his all in some brutal fight sequences... and managing to turn in a surprisingly deft acting performance underneath all that foam rubber as well.

At the other end of the spectrum, the Prince's wide-eyed, gossamer-like sister Nuala (Anne Walton), makes an enchanting first love for flustered fishman, Abe. His genuine awkwardness in his scenes with her feels so... real. And I dare anyone not to be fully in love with this terrific film by the time the amazingly touching "Can't Smile without You" scene is over. That may be my favorite seen from ANY comicbook movie, and probably in the top 10 of my favorite scenes from ANY movie - ever. It is just magnificent. Disarming, real, relatable and heartbreakingly funny. If you've ever been in love or had a painful crush on someone who didn't return that love, then you will completely feel right there in the moment for both Abe and Hellboy in this marvelous little side scene. Pure GDT genius at work here... and throughout the entire film in fact; all the way to that wondrous, sidesplitting final freeze frame.

THE BLU-RAY: A solid hi-def release from Universal Home Video, the video & audio for HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY are first rate, as they should be for a modern blockbuster movie of this caliber. There is no artifacting, edge enhancement, pixelation, crush or other video irritants to spoil the viewing experience. The dialog in the otherwise excellent soundmix was a little on the soft side, but not so much so as to ruin things. (And that's what subtitles are for, anyhow.) This Blu-ray comes stuffed to the gills (sorry, Abe!) with an exhaustive amount of bonus content, which is fairly common with Guillermo Del Toro films. There are interactive goodies and a wealth of behind-the-scenes stuff to please even the hardest of hardcore HB fans: commentary tracks, deleted scenes and multiple "making of" featurettes, the main one clocking in at over two hours! Trust me, you really get your money's worth here.

HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY is a truly wonderful motion picture; a film that was just ahead of the cinematic comicbook boom that we’re all so used to now. If you haven't seen this terrific movie yet, do yourself a favor and treat yourself to this spiffy Blu-ray. You'll be glad you did.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on August 24, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Takes Hellboy into the fantasy genre trying to stop an Elvish prince destroy humanity
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Hellboy II took a completely different tone from the first one. The original Hellboy movie was a dark story based upon the occult. This one was more of a fantasy tale where Hellboy (Ron Perlman) takes on Prince Nuada (Luke Goss) of the elves who wants to raise the Golden Army and destroy mankind. Obviously including elves pointed to the fantasy theme. The movie poses a dilemma for Hellboy about whether he will stand with humanity who he was created to destroy or with the elves who want to get rid of humanity to restore balance in nature.

One interesting thing about the story was that the bad guy Prince Nuada wasn’t one. Centuries ago the elves and human signed a truce. What happened afterward was that people created a commercial society where the environment was to be exploited to create wealth. Prince Nuada hated that and wanted to re-assert the power of the elves and stop the destruction of the Earth. His argument was the ends justified the means.

The film did continue with the jokes from the first. For instance, there’s a scene where Hellboy and Abe Sapien (Doug Jones) get drunk and talk about the women in their lives.

Of course Guillermo Del Toro who made the movie loves monsters and he got to put plenty of them into this film from the small Tooth Fairies to the Golden Army to the Troll Market.

Overall while Hellboy II wasn’t as good as the first, it was still a very enjoyable movie. Ron Perlman really embodied the character with both the tough guy persona, the jokes and his soft side as well.
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DarrinReviewed in the United States on May 26, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Hellboy II: The Golden Army 4K
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The studio did a great job converting Hellboy II: The Golden Armying over to 4K. The movie looks sharp, crisp and has great color throughout. This one is worth the upgrade to 4K. The movie itself is a good comic book movie.

They should of continued this series instead of rebooting Hellboy. Ron Perlman was the perfect fit as Hellboy along with a good supporting cast already in place.
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Rando McCrackenReviewed in the United States on March 18, 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
4k UHD Version: Commentary Tracks Don't Play...
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Movie is great, you already know this - but the 4k UHD version none of the commentary tracks or bonus features play sound on either the UHD or the Bluray. Both discs play movie with correct sound for main track, plus all the dubbed languages, but when it gets to either commentary tracks - the sound completely goes out, and starts popping every ~45 seconds or so.

Given this is the main reason I went ahead and bought the disc in the first place, it's pretty annoying that I can not play any commentary on disc, or watch the bonus features.

This might just be my machine (Sony UBP-X800), or my configuration (UBP-X800 -> direct to TV -> eARC -> HiFi), but just wanted to throw this review out there as a warning. I might test the discs on another player to see if it's actually the discs, but just wanted to post this as a warning in case you have a similar setup and might not have access to additional setups to test playback.
Shama BoleReviewed in the United States on August 22, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Absolutely revolting "hero"
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It's okay fun I guess but if Hellboy were a man I'd strongly advocate for him to be put down asap. He's not funny, or smart or particularly.. anything. Just alien in DNA. I was rooting for the elven prince until it looked like he were abusing his sister. The woman - the firestarter - mainly looms constipated/angst-ridden. And they are so not a team. They just share the same space. Meh.
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hbloverReviewed in the United States on August 3, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Bonus Features
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4K Bonus Features
Disc 1
-2 Commentaries
Guillermo del Toro
Cast (Jeffrey Tambor, Selma Blair, and Luke Goss)

Disc 2
-Same 2 commentaries as disc 1
-Troll Market Tour with Guillermo del Toro (12 min)
-Production Workshop
Intro with Guillermo (1:30)
Thumbnail Storyboard Progression with optional commentary with Guillermo del Toro (3:12)
(This shows 3 different visuals at once showing storyboarding, animatic, and final scene)
-6 Deleted Scenes
Blackwood's Auction Video (BPRD investigation after auction)
Coffee Break (Manning with agents)
Minty Aftertaste (Liz and Manning)
On the Beat (Liz, Hellboy, Krauss, Abe)
Prince Nuada Silverlance (fighting footage)
Big Baby Montage (Hellboy with Big Baby gun)
-Zinco Epilogue Animated Comic (5:14)
-Comic Book Builder
Creature Design
Mike Mignola Creator Gallery
Production Design
Production Stills

Great amount of special features. However, there are some missing that the bluray version contains. The ones missing from this 4K include:
-Hellboy: In Service of the Demon
Over 2 1/2 hours of footage!! Including makup, creatures, animation, voice work, etc.
-Marketing Campaign
Print Gallery
-DVD Rom: Script
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MitchReviewed in the United States on August 24, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great Continuation Of The Original Story, Open Ended Though
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Being a fan of the first film, I decided to give The Golden Army a shot, knowing that most sequels, comic-book stories included, are sh*** compared to the original film. I was pleasantly surprised with this film. Guillermo Del Toro really did a great job bringing this sequel to life and addressed my biggest complaint with the first film in that he gave the characters some serious development in this sequel compared to the original. We finally get to connect with the characters of the film and learn about them in ways we definitely didn't get to in the first film.

The CGI in this film is as great as the first, and the acting is just as superb, but there is one complaint I have with this film. The ending.

The movie has a great plot and a great climax of the story but the way it ends leaves it open for a third installment, but so far we have nothing. I find movies that set up a hole for a third installment, but never fill it to be disappointing. It feels as though there is a section of Hellboy's story that we will never see on the silver screen because there isn't a third movie, but who knows, maybe someday with all these continuations and reboots and remasters running around nowadays.

Aside from the ending, the film is great and certainly worth a watch if you enjoyed the first film.
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RLGReviewed in the United States on June 2, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fun Ride
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It's a huge shame that Guillermo didn't get the chance to make the trilogy he envisioned for the Hellboy Series. Blame it on Pearlman for not wanting to do it again (he didn't want to get "trapped" in a roll, *LMAO*) That and the final installment was going to amp it up even more and there was a struggle for backers. Sad because this run would have been epic. THIS film, in my humble opinion, was amazing and better then the first and a thousand times better then the dumpster fire called the "new" Hellboy.
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