From Science Fiction to Fantasy: ‘Hellboy 2’ Retrospective
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Now With More Fairies and Elves
I loved the first Hellboy so much that I had to buy the director’s cut. I was quite pleased to hear that a second one was coming out. However, unlike the first, I didn’t get to see it in theaters, but rather watched it on television. The sequel is titled Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, a superhero film that came out in 2000 and was once again directed by Guillermo del Toro.
The plot follows Hellboy and his friends once again dealing with the paranormal and supernatural. This time, the main threat comes from Prince Nuada of the elf kingdom, who’s searching for three pieces of a crown that can be used to control an indestructible golden robot army. Hellboy and friends must work together with Princess Nuala, Nuada’s twin sister to keep the crown’s pieces away from him and keep the Golden Army from awakening.
This film has a different atmosphere than its predecessor. While the first was dark in both lighting and story and also had more of a science fiction feel, this film is slightly more lighthearted and is focuses on fantasy. In fact, the first major scene focuses on the BPRD fighting swarms of tooth fairies.
A very beautiful scene comes about halfway when Hellboy and his team go under the Brooklyn Bridge and discover a market full of mystical beings. Just the props, the way the market is shown, and all who inhabit it is just amazing to witness. There are other amazing scenes throughout the film, but this is the one that stands out the most in originality.
A good chunk of the cast from the previous film reprise their roles in this one. Ron Pearlman plays Hellboy again, who’s just as sarcastic and jokey as he was before. Selma Blair is once again Liz Sherman the pyrokinetic, though now she has shorter hair. Doug Jones returns as the aquatic telepath Abe Sapien. This time he gains a love interest in Princess Nuala.
A new addition to the team is Johann Krauss, played by James Dodd and John Alexander, and voiced by Seth Macfarlane. He resembles Mysterio from Spiderman, a diving suit with a fishbowl head. He’s a German medium who lost his original body during a failed ritual which reduced him to a ghostly energy called ectoplasm. Krauss is sent in to assist the team after the disaster with the tooth fairies. He is mostly serious and strict, however there is one comedic scene with him and Hellboy that actually reveals that Krauss can survive without his suit.
The main antagonist is Prince Nuada, played by Luke Goss. Nuada is an elf who feels that humanity is contamination. He says that humanity violated a treaty with mythical beings that was forged thousands of years ago, and now wants to exterminate humans by using the Golden Army. Despite his genocidal intentions he does care deeply for his elves and other mythical beings, such as his sidekick Mr. Wink, played by Brian Steele.
A major supporting character is Princess Nuala, played by Anna Walton. She’s also an elf and Nuada’s twin sister. She escapes her kingdom after her brother goes rogue and heads to the BPRD for help. Both her and her brother have very elegant appearances, although they appear somewhat frail. They also share a very special bond that is prominent in the plot. Abe quickly falls in love with Nuala and spends much of his time getting to know her. Her personality counters her brother’s since she wants to protect everyone.
There’s a little more to the plot. As mentioned there is both a Golden Army and a magic crown. The golden crown Nuada seeks serves as a controller for the Golden Army, however after an ancient war which used the Golden Army, the crown was split into three pieces, with one going to the humans and the others staying with the elves.
Personally one of my favorite scenes from the film is Abe confiding to Hellboy about his feelings for Nuala. Hellboy gives Abe a prep talk and shares beers with him. The two then sing ‘Can’t smile without you’ by Barry Manilow.
Overall Hellboy 2: The Golden Army is a recommended film. The more fantasy feel is a little different from the original, but it matches the world of Hellboy. It goes to show that demons aren’t the only supernatural entities on Earth and that there are beings such as fairies and elves. There are several amazing scenes, comedic moments, and an overall amazing adventure. The only downside is that there’s an interesting subplot that ends on a cliffhanger. Originally there was a third film in development, but that’s apparently scrapped due to a reboot of the series coming in 2019. If you like fantasy and superhero films, this is one to check out. Also, you don’t need to see the first one to enjoy the second, though it does help add to the experience.
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