Directed and Written by: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Ron Perlman, John Hurt, Selma Blair, David Hyde Pierce, Jeffrey Tambor, Doug Jones
A story: I got hit in the gut, literally, with a norovirus in 2006. While I was on the road to recovery I turned to my only savior: Television. I landed on one of the movie channels and Hellboy was on screen. I vaguely knew he was based on a comic book character and in my weaken state I decided to watch it. It seriously made me feel better as I went along because it was action packed, funny, and was filled with great characters. When I got better I went to my library and saw they carried all of the Hellboy stories that were completed at the time. I gobbled those things up and now I am a full convert in the B.P.R.D. universe Mike Mignola has created.
If people want to see a comic book film that is entertaining, but isn’t part of the Marvel or DC Universe, I always point to this. This is the perfect character for Guillermo Del Toro because Hellboy’s universe is filled with freaky characters and settings. That and he can bring a good level of action and comedy when need be which also fits the mold of Mike Mignola. Ron Perlman as Hellboy is one of the few times casting a comic book character is spot on. His gruff personality is perfect for the character and he can bring the right amount of machismo and banter that the character is known for.
I really hope that people converted to the comic series and its spin-offs like I did. If you are a fan of this movie than Mike Mignola and a bevy of other talent are bringing very fun stories each month to the B.P.R.D. universe. Although I don’t wish anyone getting sick to watch this it is the perfect movie to watch if you are recovering in bed. Just try and avoid the bucket in between viewings.