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Issue: 2004

Hellboy movie review

From the pages of the Hellboy comic, he rises, real red and real redneck and really ready to rough up the bad guys.

With great attention to detail and respect for the original material, Guillermo del Toro brings to the screen the most reverently irreverent superhero.

Del Toro begins with the discovery of the mysterious red demon child by a group battling the supernatural machinations of Hitler's followers and cuts to a modern day post-adolescent who files off his horns and fills his life with cats and copious amounts of food.

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Movie poster, Hellboy; Festivale film review

Del Toro's Hellboy (Ron Perlman) has a lady love, a firestarter (Selma Blair), who is brought back into the fold by wide-eyed F.B.I. agent (Rupert Evans).

Together with Abe Sapien (Doug Jones), and under the watchful eye of father figure Prof Bruttenhold (John Hurt), Hellboy (a.k.a. Big Red) battles the forces of darkness and the eager eyes of the media and public from the anomymity of a fake garbage truck.

Laden as it is with special effects, Hellboy still rises above the average superhero movie with flawed and engaging characters, a love triangle, moderate, well-performed angst and a good dose of humour.

The result is watchable fun that is worth returning to, and which promises more fun in the future hopefully with del Toro at the helm.

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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release 19 August 2004
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See also: Ron Perlman also appears as the beast in the television series Beauty and the Beast; Selma Blair also appears in Kill Me Later and Legally Blonde; Daredevil ; The Matrix; Superman Returns ; Batman Begins ; Hellboy and the Golden Army ; Aeon Flux

Just the facts:

Title: Hellboy(2004)
Written by: Guillermo del Toro (scr & scr story); Mike Mignola (comic books); Peter Briggs (scr story)
Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
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The Players: Ron Perlman; John Hurt; Selma Blair; Rupert Evans; Karel Roden; Jeffrey Tambor; Doug Jones;

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