I thought that part sorta went by too quickly. I felt the ending was rushed a little bit and there should have been more done to show JUST HOW powerful and terrible Hellboy would/could have been if not for the influence of Broome.
That said, I still loved the movie, and it's the first movie in a long time that I'm considering seeing twice in the theatre. I really liked all the Indiana Jones-type stuff, like how HB kept getting knocked around, esp. under the subway.
Probably my favourite superhero movie since the 1989 Batman (and I like this one A LOT more than that).
― The Huckle-Buck (Horace Mann), Tuesday, 6 April 2004 19:48 (fifteen years ago) link
My favorite moment might have been in the subway fight. Superheroes always have to save cute little animals and babies and whatnot, so they just said fuck it, let's HAND HIM A BOX OF KITTENS while fighting the big bad hellhound.
I think that the things I didn't like about it have their roots in the comic, so it was a pretty good adaptation in that sense.
(btw, does the nazi colonel villain guy do any of the knifey stuff in the books?)
― Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 7 April 2004 02:34 (fifteen years ago) link
The ending was kind of rushed but maybe they didn't want to induce any super negative feelings about Hellboy? Maybe people wouldn't like him anymore if he looked like that big, red dude in the movie Legend. When I hear people talking about Hellboy on NPR, they're like, "A movie about the son of satan who fights crime." Is that right? Granted, I haven't read all the trades but he's not the son of satan is he? I just thought he was a demon of some kind. But then, why would he be entitled to a crown if he was just another of hell's minions?
Eh... too early for this. Must drink my coffee before thinking too hard.
― Vermont Girl (Vermont Girl), Wednesday, 7 April 2004 10:58 (fifteen years ago) link
― DV (dirtyvicar), Wednesday, 7 April 2004 14:04 (fifteen years ago) link
― The Huckle-Buck (Horace Mann), Wednesday, 7 April 2004 14:21 (fifteen years ago) link
― Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 7 April 2004 14:26 (fifteen years ago) link
― The Huckle-Buck (Horace Mann), Wednesday, 7 April 2004 14:39 (fifteen years ago) link
― David Nolan (David N.), Wednesday, 7 April 2004 22:11 (fifteen years ago) link
― Leee O'Gaddy (Leee), Thursday, 8 April 2004 19:57 (fifteen years ago) link
Abe was underutilized especially in light of the level of his involvement in the comics. I agree that psychic-Abe was a strange twist that I didn't care for.
Agreed on the relatively weak ending, but considering the entire movie, I didn't mind. And the crown of fire gave me fanboy chills.
As for HB being Son of Satan... I won't say anything due to minor spoiler issues.
Jordan, I agree with you about how Mignola usually resolves his arcs e.g. HB invariably punches out the given bad guy -- which I actually appreciate, since it grounds itself fully in the mode of superhero comics (though distinct from spandex comics that feel the need to "elevate" its prose for the purpose of "literary" ends). HB blowing things up inspires pure action-oriented joy in me, that despite the foreboding ruminations on destiny and free will, the purpose of the series is visceral thrill i.e. FUN.
― Leee O'Gaddy (Leee), Thursday, 8 April 2004 20:05 (fifteen years ago) link
1) Is this the first time a comic creator has contributed a commentary track to the movie based on his work, or did Jim O'Barr do one for The Crow? I was always disappointed Stan Lee didn't do one for Spider-Man.
2) What is the secret Hellboy-Gerald McBoing Boing connection? The DVD comes with like four GMcBB cartoons!
― Tep (ktepi), Monday, 2 August 2004 15:00 (fifteen years ago) link
― Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Monday, 2 August 2004 15:40 (fifteen years ago) link
Spiderman 2 has overwhelmed my comics-movie brane and Hellboy has lost its appeal to me.
― The Dreaded Rear Admiral (Leee), Tuesday, 3 August 2004 00:15 (fifteen years ago) link
(The weather outside is lovely, but I am staying in watching a movie, then the documentary on Disc 2. I am Comic Geek Of The Year.)
― aldo_cowpat (aldo_cowpat), Saturday, 7 August 2004 12:17 (fifteen years ago) link
― Jordan (Jordan), Saturday, 7 August 2004 16:08 (fifteen years ago) link
― aldo_cowpat (aldo_cowpat), Saturday, 7 August 2004 16:39 (fifteen years ago) link
i like it! i think yeah it is a little light on the storytelling but the art is great & i really like the conceit of the stories being based on old folk tales and stuff.
(as far as the movie goes i loved the 1st half and then it went depressingly downhill)
― s1ocki (slutsky), Thursday, 13 April 2006 20:57 (thirteen years ago) link
"The Island" doesn't fare quite as well -- still too talky with an awkwardly abrupt deus ex machina resolution.
― c(''c) (Leee), Tuesday, 9 May 2006 22:03 (thirteen years ago) link
Wait, so is that it? Is it just over now?
― Dan I., Thursday, 25 August 2011 06:06 (eight years ago) link
Trying to wrap my head around all the main titles being collected in 6 volumes. This is a great deal. Been hesitant a long time but I'm probably going to spring for this. Four volumes for the main story and two for the short stories. Not sure all covers are included.
Some people are saying the binding is very weak though.
― Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 29 December 2018 00:52 (eleven months ago) link
Comixology had a sale on the digital editions just before Christmas so I sprung for volumes 3 and 4 (which should cover the things I don't have in floppies). Art is great but the writing seems a bit muddled for these later stories - he's picking bits from everywhere, Norse stuff, Russian stuff, Irish stuff, mashing it all together.
― koogs, Saturday, 29 December 2018 11:53 (eleven months ago) link