Monday, October 22, 2007

script review: hellboy 2

Spoiler free!

What: Hellboy 2: The Golden Army
By: Guillermo del Toro (story by del Toro and Mike Mignola)

Pan's Labyrinth + Hellboy ÷ X2: X-men United = Hellboy 2: The Golden Army.

It's pretty frickin' spectacular. 114 pages of goodness.

Characters: Hellboy, Liz, Abe, Tom Manning, Johann Kraus (!), Elf Prince, Elf Princess, evil mace-wielding troll henchman, Angel of Death, plus two characters from H1 who appear in a flashback and a flashforward

Locations: BPRD, Blackwood's Auction House, Manhattan, a troll market under the Brooklyn Bridge (think Diagon Alley on crack), Ireland, Bethmoora, a garbage truck, the Hudson River, Los Angeles

Official Logline: "The mythical world starts a rebellion against humanity in order to rule the Earth, so Hellboy and his team must save the world from the rebellious creatures."

Really: An evil Elf Prince is tired of having to live in the shadows and wants to conquer the world of men, he seeks to end the centuries old truce by resurrecting the long lost Golden Army. Hilarity ensues.

As much as we want Hellboy movies, I don't think anything on film is going to compare to Mignola's artwork and pacing, but it does seem like both del Toro and Mignola have learned from the lacking issues of the first film and really wanted to rock it out from the first page.

As a script in general, it was a nice, tight, enjoyable read. Far more enjoyable than Ed Norton's Incredible Hulk, which so far looks to be a fun flick, but is written like poorly formatted novel.

1 comment:

Grant said...

OMFG!
1)Love your new blog
2)Is this going to be a second film? Or a comic? Either way I'm so excited!

Yay! I find your new blog AND you have good news! What a great end to my day!