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Born in the flames of hell and brought to earth to perpetrate evil, Hellboy was rescued from sinister forces by the benevolent Professor Broom, who raised him to be a hero. In Dr. Broom's secret Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense (B.P.R.D.), Hellboy creates an unlikely family consisting of the telepathic "Mer-Man" Abe Sapien, and "Pyrokenetic" Liz Sherman, the woman he loves who can control fire. Hidden from the very society that they protect, they stand as the key line of defense against an evil madman who seeks to reclaim Hellboy to the dark side and use his powers to destroy mankind. Loved this movie.
Ron Perlman is once again impressive under layers of make-up and latex. The attitude and dialogue he brings to the screen make the whole movie. The supporting cast are quite perfect, and despite not having read many of the comics, I was able to feel quite engrossed form the start. The special effects, while many, didn't take over the show, and the world the movie is set in is quite believable for the most part. The DVD's extras made this a great buy if you like to learn more about the making and origins of the story.
Comic-to-screen adaptations can be very good if they take a course of moderation. To explain: In the X-men comicverse, Wolverine has a cool yellow and black costume with horns. In 'X-men the film', they cut down his suit to something realistic, since the suit of the comicverse put on Hugh Jackman would've made him look like a homosexual fashion deviant (and his movie career would've ended prematurely). In contrast, with the film Batman and Robin they went overboard with the comic theme (Arnold in a huge glass suit, gangsters who glow neon, cars chasing each other on 90m statues, etc), leaving us with a huge amount of lawn fertilizer (read my review on Catwoman for more gruesome details). Fortunately, Hellboy falls under the former class. They were greedy with the CGI (less= better quality), which in turn forced them to concentrate more on locations and physical SFX. The outcome was, therefore, more impressive. A plausible plot (by comic-book standards), a decent array of actors and pretty good action scenes leaves you with a very watchable film. Unfortunately, the film gets only four stars for two reasons : (1) I never read the comic-book, so some things didn't quite make sense to me and (2) The American GIs at the start of the film suffered from the dreaded I-charge-at-you-with-my-rifle-rather-than-shoot-you-with-it syndrome.