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Movie review: Hellboy is a total misfire, says Rashid Irani

There are no thrills, no emotional core. Just an excess of subplots and gore.

movie reviews Updated: Apr 12, 2019 21:30 IST
Rashid Irani
Rashid Irani
Hindustan Times
Hellboy,Movie review,Rashid Irani
The reboot pits the anti-hero Hellboy (played by David Harbour) against a medieval sorceress (Milla Jovovich) bent on obliterating humankind. That’s about all the storyline you’re given.
  • Direction: Neil Marshall
  • Actors: David Harbour, Milla Jovovich
  • Rating: 2 / 5

Fifteen years after director Guillermo del Toro introduced the titular anti-hero to mainstream audiences, the muscle-bound, crimson-skinned Hellboy remains humanity’s last and best hope for salvation.

The reboot pits him (David Harbour, taking over Ron Perlman’s signature role) against a medieval sorceress (Milla Jovovich) bent on obliterating humankind. Incoming director Neil Marshall (The Descent) relies on technological razzmatazz to distract our attention from the lack of genuine thrills. Worse, the film has no emotional core.

Rather, the viewer is smothered to the point of tedium by gratuitous gore and monstrous creature designs. Zipping across timelines (from 517 AD to the present day) and locations (England during the reign of King Arthur through to contemporary Siberia), the narrative is further burdened by an overload of characters and subplots.

A relentless two-hour destruction spree, Hellboy is a total misfire.

First Published: Apr 12, 2019 21:23 IST