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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-07-19 07:44
Subject: [movies] Hellboy II
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karindira and I went to see Hellboy II last night. (I’d already gotten some wordage in on “Forests of the Night”.) It was pretty amazing, in a highly entertaining way.

I wasn’t so taken with the story line — it was fairly pedestrian. But the tone and style and details of the movie were so far over the top they’d gone out the back and bugged down the street for a pint and a smoke. I don’t think I’ve seen a movie that went this far over the top since True Lies. As karindira said, you always knew you were watching a movie, but so what?

Hellboy had been pretty entertaining, as I recall, but this was something else again. And of course lots of lovely clockwork. I did mildly object to being told they were going to Giant’s Causeway in Ireland, only to have them not go to Giant’s Causeway, but otherwise, man, what a ride.

This isn’t a review so much as a gush, I suppose. Definitely worth seeing on the big screen for all the frenetic, insane detail work. Oh, and Jeffrey Tambour is my new love god. Junior Samples is so fired.

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.

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scarlettina: Plot bunny surprise
User: scarlettina
Date: 2008-07-19 15:02 (UTC)
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Keyword:Plot bunny surprise
Have you seen Pan's Labyrinth yet? If this floated your boat, that will take it skyward. Seriously, everything Del Toro did with The Golden Army has its roots in his work on Pan's Labyrinth. One warning: As a father, it might be a little hard on you, but as a fantasist it will push all your happy buttons.
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Paul Weimer
User: princejvstin
Date: 2008-07-19 15:20 (UTC)
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Pan's Labyrinth is a better movie than Hellboy II, but its a much darker and grimmer tale.

I enjoyed both though, even if people complain Hellboy II could have lasted 20 minutes.
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User: scarlettina
Date: 2008-07-19 15:24 (UTC)
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Pan's Labyrinth: Much darker indeed.

I don't know if Hellboy could have lasted 20 minutes. Maybe 40. :-) My biggest disappointment was finally getting to see the Golden Army. It was amazing in all its magical crunchitude, but grossly underutilized. It ultimately felt a little anticlimactic. But Jay's right: there was all that clockwork loveliness.
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Elizabeth Coleman
User: criada
Date: 2008-07-20 07:29 (UTC)
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But they were at the Giant's Causeway, just not the bit everyone takes pictures of. But otherwise I agree with you. Pretty movie!
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User: thecrimsony
Date: 2008-07-20 18:36 (UTC)
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Saw it last night and loved it, but it just didn't seem to have the edge of the first one. I never really believed the world was in danger, even with the Golden Army and how they were "instructable"
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User: iamrazorwing
Date: 2008-07-22 20:54 (UTC)
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And of course lots of lovely clockwork.

It's kind of sad. When I saw all the gears and such leading up to the title screen, I thought "Jay Lake would appreciate this." I kid you not.
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