If you’ve been on the internet at all the past week, you might’ve noticed that the Hellboy reboot didn’t do so hot. Many people thought it was too gory, boring, and hardly lived up to the legacy of Hellboy. Between Guillermo Del Toro, Ron Perlman and the beloved comics, this movie really had to pull out all the stops to dazzle fans. In some ways (see dope CGI giants), it did. In the script and character growth, though, it didn’t accomplish much.
One of its most egregious problems (though it has many) is by far its makeup. The Hellboy design on David Harbour may be intricate, but it’s almost grossly so. Sure, he looks like he crawled out of a literal hellhole. However, his character is supposed to be young and he looks like he’s experienced at least three holy wars ripping his face to shreds. Having a horrific hero doesn’t mean he has to be ugly.
Hellboy: The Reboot proves what so many fans of Mike Mignola’s long-running comic-book series or Guillermo del Toro’s unfinished trilogy suspected and/or feared: Just because you can reboot a series, doesn’t mean you should. Just because del Toro, a master filmmaker with a singular vision, isn’t available any more doesn’t mean you replace him with Neil Marshall (Centurion, Doomsday, Descent, Dog Soldiers), a competent, journeyman director who can’t deliver anything except a bland, colorless retread of a justly loved, if truncated, two-film series. Just because you can start all over again doesn’t mean you can or should revisit the title character’s origin story, via flashback or not. Killing Nazis is fine, of course, but killing Nazis while reminding everyone sitting in a darkened movie theater of del Toro’s far superior take on the same material isn’t. And just because you promise fans that you’ll deliver a hard R-rated film doesn’t mean you should go all out on the gratuitous blood and gore – and even if you do, for the love of all things unholy, stay away from blood and gore of the CGI kind. (more…)
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Now that Disney owns Fox, properties formerly outside the umbrella are finally back where they belong. Fantastic Four and X-Men, primarily. And it’s only a matter of time before the MCU welcome their lost children back to the big screen. And fans have already been throwing out their casting choice. One Redditor gave a suggestion that’s gotten over 20k upvotes or fake internet points. But will you approve? Every Nerd has an opinion on who would be the best Doctor Doom. And even if they don’t have a suggestion, they have an opinion on other’s casting of Marvel’s First Family. But this is a solid list of proven actors that could easily embody these characters and usher the MCU into a bright new phase.
The original Hellboy movies hold a strong and passionate fanbase. Ron Perlman cemented himself in fans minds as Hellboy. Admittedly, Perlman is a tough act to follow. But David Harbour (Stranger Things) steps up to give it a shot. The first trailer for the new Hellboy is receiving mixed reviews – some are excited for the continuing of the franchise, while others feel that if it’s not Perlman andb then it’s not worth watching. With heavy hitters like Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Daniel Dae Kim and relative newcomer Sasha Lane, the new Hellboy has a lot of potential. But can it get past the initial fan backlash? What are the fans biggest complaints? Check out the trailer and judge for yourself.
The upcoming R-rated reboot of Hellboy (Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen) is moving along. This time, instead of Del Toro, director Neil Marshall will take the reins of the film with Stranger Things’ David Harbour filling in Ron Pearlman’s big red shoes. Recently, Ian McShane was also cast as Professor Broom as well, so the movie’s coming along. The one thing missing so far was who was going to be Hellboy’s main big baddie. From the comics, one of Hellboy’s enemies was the Blood Queen, AKA Nimue the Lady of the Lake. But who could play the role with perfection, terror, and be able to be a conceivable threat against such a towering figure of Harbour? Lucky for us, it looks like we have found our Blood Queen…
President Donald Trump has entrusted his son-in-law and senior White House advisor Jared Kushner to find a path to Mideast peace, but perhaps he should hire actor, comedian, and nerd president emeritus Patton Oswalt to do the job because if he could achieve peace amongst Hellboys, he can do anything… Alright, so there was never any real enmity between former Hellboy Ron Perlman and future Hellboy David Harbour, but Oswalt was there to make sure it stayed that way as the two actors dined last night and traded notes about being a big, red, government-funded demon monkey with a stone hand. (more…)
One of Netflix‘s biggest hits in maybe its entire history of creating content, Stranger Things burst into popular culture like it was on a mission. A tribute to the greatest shows and movies of the 1980s, it starred a lovable cast that was brilliantly written and acted. It reminded the world why Winona Ryder is such a special actor and introduced what is sure to be the next generation of celebrity darling through Mike, Eleven and their friends. It’s no wonder a second season of the show was commissioned just a matter of weeks after the first went live. (more…)