Director Guillermo del Toro has been involved with some very entertaining movies, including "Cronos," a first entry from 1993 that remains to this day one of the best vampire movies ever filmed (and featuring Ron Perlman as a vicious gangster); followed by the 1997 insect epic "Mimic," a movie destined to make you stay away from the far end of any platform in any underground train system; to "Blade II" in 2001 (not one of his best films but the special effects were great); to another 2001 entry, "The Devil’s Backbone" (almost a four-star movie about displaced boys in the middle of the Spanish Civil War that is a marvelous ghost story); followed in 2004 by the first "Hellboy" entry, a three-star feature with Perlman in rare form as the cigar-chewing monster from Hell; followed by "Pan’s Labyrinth" in 2006, a four-star entry into del Toro’s preoccupation with the Spanish Civil War, this movie a violent fairy tale that mixes a marvels of imaginations in a world separated by thin layers of civilization; and now "Hellboy 2."
"I have," said del Toro, "a sort of a fetish insects, clockworks, monsters, dark places, and unborn things."
Nowhere is there a better melding of fun and spectacle than watching Hellboy, in the person of Ron Perlman, again chewing cigars and trying to keep hundreds of monsters (some scary, some benign, and some humorous) from losing control of a world in chaos, not to mention a large area next to the Manhattan supports of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Born in 1964, del Toro was raised a devout Roman Catholic (and his faith never stands in the way of a good story) who actually had his father kidnapped in 1998 Mexico.
It’s well known that del Toro had to fight the studio bosses to allow Ron Perlman to star in the Hellboy Series and watching any of his movies is a salute to a working imagination that has created some of the best creatures ever assembled in the Hollywood special effects workrooms.
I’d be the first to admit that the story could use some tweeking and the Golden Army has been around before, but that said, this is a fun way to stay cool in the middle of a hot-drought.