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Hellboy

We saw Hellboy last night. I'm sure that the number of movie-type advertisements before the trailers have even begun has at least doubled since the last time I was at the Paramount a few months ago. In the UK, advertisements as part of the trailers, after the movie has technically begun, are numerous. Here, they seem to be incorporating them in the pre-movie "entertainment", which was previous presented more like a slide show.

The movie itself was decent fluff. I've not read the comics, so the world was new to me, but the Lovecraftian elements were nicely done. The title character was easily the best part of the movie, more so than the plot or most of the other characters. Bits of the plot didn't entirely make sense to me (how does Liz's big final combatative moment solve the problem back in the US?) - perhaps it's one of those movies which will benefit from an extended edition or deleted scenes being put back in. Afterwards, we guessed that the only bits of the movie NOT filmed on a sound stage were the outsides of buildings - the museum, the office, and the hospital.

We hadn't been to a movie in a while, and C. and I can't always agree on what to go to, but this one was mutually appealing. It wasn't a bad movie, but, now that Toronto has reinstated its entertainment taxes, next time I might try seeing fluff at the Rainbow Market Square cinema instead, which reputed to be rather inexpensive.

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retsuko
Apr. 11th, 2004 11:19 am (UTC)
Saw it Friday night, had much the same reaction. I don't like the commercials increasing before the film, either, but because I hate being in dark more, I always come early anyway and sit through them. :(
kashmera
Apr. 11th, 2004 12:20 pm (UTC)
Re: US problem
Eh? I must had let that slide when I watched it - which problem back in the US was supposedly unresolved?
owlfish
Apr. 11th, 2004 12:28 pm (UTC)
Re: US problem
Everytime the resurection beastie is destroyed, two more are created. Plus, they can be created from eggs. There were at least two or so of them running around in the big sewers sequence, and Hellboy only killed one of them, which in turn would have become another two. In other words, I didn't feel as if that entire problem was dealt with at all back in the US, nor how killing alot of them in Russia would help across the ocean, or why killing them all at once in Russia would make them all go away instead of yet again creating twice as many.
kashmera
Apr. 12th, 2004 10:59 am (UTC)
Re: US problem
Ah, for some reason I thought they had transported the whole lot (eggs and all) with them. From a story point of view that makes sense, although from a common-sense point of view you are indeed right.
alysonwonderlan
Apr. 12th, 2004 08:10 am (UTC)
how does Liz's big final combatative moment solve the problem back in the US?

I asked the same question after the movie was over. Bill said there was some little line in there that I (and you) must have missed along the lines of "If all incarnations are completely and utterly destroyed (not just killed) all at once including the eggs and everything, then it'll be just that - destroyed utterly." Something like that. But it was just one line that was super easy to miss and it still doesn't fix a whole lot of the plot holes.

You're right - it was a good bit of fluff. But it wasn't really a good movie. It had everything in it to make it a good action/sci fi movie, but it just didn't take advantage of them!
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