Everybody's a critic - 'Hellboy'

Friday, April 9, 2004

Three stars (out of four)

When the U.S. Army foils the Nazis' plans to bring seven demons of chaos to the world, a baby demon passes through the opened portal.

The baby, named Hellboy (Ron Perlman) by those that found him, becomes part of a secret organization known as "Paranormal Research and Defense."

The FBI keeps Hellboy a secret, but when an unknowing public spots him crashing through the city, he becomes a legend the likes of Bigfoot.

With his underwater sidekick, a pyro girlfriend and a rookie FBI agent, Hellboy is our country's only savior against other demons and devils that are unleashed upon us.

It has sci-fi monsters brought to life by top notch special effects. The pointless love story of the hero who wants the love of a mortal woman gives it just enough "cheese."

This isn't the best movie of the year, but certainly entertaining and suitable for the whole family.

- Anson Rinesmith, Internet operations manager

Four stars (out of four)

"Hellboy" was a very pleasant surprise -- quite a nice way to spend an evening. Reminiscent of most action characters, "Hellboy" comes from a different place and time to live on earth and become a comic book hero. It's the humanity of the super-normal hero that captures our hearts and keeps us on the edge of our seats in hopes of his triumph in love and war.

"Hellboy" begins in a mysterious World War II battleground amidst a uniquely paranormal battle of good and evil forces. The battle between good and evil remains the focus of the plot while the characters act out the age-old premises of "father knows best" and "the boy always gets the girl."

The lack of questionable language and sexual innuendo are bonuses that create great family viewing value. There's plenty of action to hold dad's attention and enough romance to make mom shed a tear. This film will keep your attention to the end.

- Marty Koeller, wireless sales representative

Two stars (out of four)

For all of this movie's cheesy one-liners and linear story, it still manages to be one of the better movies that is based on a comic book.

Many may not know that this is based on a comic because it is not as well known as the X-Men or Spiderman comics. I myself have never even heard of it before the movie, so I went into it a little apprehensively, but this movie is good in several areas where these type of movies usually fail.

The characters' emotional depth in the movie is almost human. These characters are portrayed with real emotions and the director (Guillermo Del Toro) actually took time and showed these emotions, which, with most movies of this type, is a rarity. While the story is straightforward and somewhat predictable, it is not bad, and has some really cool bad guys. This movie makes for an entertaining night, so go to the movies or just wait for it on DVD.

- Ryan Smith, student

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