What in the Hell?!
Okay, seriously, this movie is getting torn apart like it's 2015's Fantastic Four. We don't think it's nearly that bad, at least there's a full movie here, and there isn't a clear timestamp in the film where the studio took over. If anything, Neil Marshall's Hellboy will end up just like another comic book film that was torn apart at release and now considered by some as a cult classic, Punisher: War Zone. Like it or not, both of these films are the epitome of comic book movies, for better and for worse. Great effects at splash panel moments and questionable effects that are very reminiscent of crosshatched & quickly sketched panels. Plotwise, it's like being thrown into a Hellboy greatest hits compendium, so turn off your brain, and try and enjoy the ride.
The silver lining to all of this is that due to the reboot's initial failure, Guillermo Del Toro's Hellboy 3 might be back on the table, so in the end, we all may get what we want.
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