Tuesday 4 November 2008

Hellboy II: The Golden Army [2008]

-->Dear Mr. Guillermo Del Toro,

It seems you truly have the Midas touch. Doesn’t matter if you are composing a profoundly haunting poetry in motion like The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth, or a fun summer blockbuster like the Hellboy series or Blade Trinity. I know everyone needs a break once in a while. And one also needs to be practical; after all Hollywood is where the money is. But c’mon, if Scorsese decides to make a sex comedy or Tarantino a romantic tearjerker, wouldn’t that be unnecessary even though we know, with their colossal skills, they would still find a way to make a decent movie at the end? For Hellboy II: The Golden Army is exactly that – I agree it is a fun watch with its deadpan comedy, well orchestrated action sequences and impressive CG; but it also is a no-brainer assembly-line popcorn stuff that surely doesn’t need an enormously talented auteur like you taking orders from producers who can't think beyond dollars and dimes. Further, where the first part was at least unique in its ideation and had some psychological stuff like the horned red superhero’s struggle against his dark alter-ego, the sequel is a film that wouldn’t linger in one’s mind beyond its run time. Guillermo, kindly reconsider your choice of films, as the cinephiles really want more of the visionary Mexican genius than the fun Hollywood popstar.

A Concerned Admirer.

Director: Guillermo Del Toro
Genre: Action/Comedy/Superhero Film/Comic Book Film/Fantasy
Language: English
Country: US


Yayaver said...

vision and dreams of directors is always lost in front of economic deals.its more about money than entertainment or art in movies.

Shubhajit said...

Though I know more often than not thats true, I really hope its not always so for the sake of the art.

joem18b said...

Perlman was 58 when he made Hellboy 2. I guess the child from Hades is immortal, but I'm wondering if Perlman will be making #3 in his 60s.