Hellboy [2019] ★★

If you’d told me last year that I would be reviewing a “Hellboy” movie in 2019, I would have wanted it to be a sequel directed by Guillermo Del Toro. His two films were nothing short of entertaining, and Ron Perlman fully embodied the character of Hellboy (to a point where I failed to see anyone else playing it). Instead, we got a completely unnecessary reboot that adds nothing new to the table. It’s a damn shame if you ask me, because David Harbour (“Stranger Things”) is actually likable as Hellboy, the half-demon superhero who must save the world from an ancient sorceress (played by Mila Jovovich, of all people) who was once defeated by King Arthur himself. It’s a convoluted plot (think “Underworld”), and instead of focusing on an origin story that gives this reboot a reason to exist, director Neil Marshall (best known for the horror film “The Descent”) lets the movie sink in CGI shit. It could have been worse, of course, and there are some memorable sequences here and there, but I can’t remember the last time I watched a movie that was so forgettable. People still talk about the Del Toro films, more than a decade after “The Golden Army”. I don’t think anyone will remember this new version by next week. It’s long, loud, and a total mess.

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