Hellboy (2004) Film Review


How have I not watched this film previously? It has everything I like in a film – action, excitement, it’s an adaptation of a comic book, it’s funny and it is absolutely stunning. What a fool I am.

The plot – sort of (it’s really quite complex). There is a portal that leads to another world that the Nazis try to open up. The Americans manage to get in the way and stuff it up for them, but a thing has escaped – a small, red boy with a tail and a bit stone arm thing and horns. Hellboy. Skip to sixty years later. Hellboy’s ‘Dad’, Trevor ‘Broom’ Bruttenholm (John Hurt) the scientist involved in raising him – is not too well. Hellboy (Rob Pearlman) is a big boy now and, with a team including a strange and quite gorgeous aqua creature man, fights other mysterious creatures and tries to stay hidden. Then the bad guys return.

Oooo, exciting, fun, racey, brilliant fun. And there is more. Rock on, Hellboy.

Pacific Rim (2013) Film Review


There is a gap in the earth’s surface deep below the ocean out of which appear, every so often, giant monsters known as kaiju. The kaiju wreak havoc, killing people and destroying entire cities. Luckily, humans have invented giant robots piloted by two people who click into each other’s brains and are often able to destroy the kaiju. But then the kaiju start winning, and they need to destroy the source.

This film is terrible and wonderful at the same time. Terrible because the story is pretty pathetic and the characters are stupid caricatures. Wonderful because there are giant robots battling giant monsters, and that is awesome. It’s beautiful, but you would expect that from director Guillermo del Toro who made the stunning Pan’s Labyrinth. And if it all sounds familiar, it is terrifically close in concept to the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion.