Ron Perlman and Guillermo del Toro take Mike Mignola’s most famous creation and bring him to the big screen in all his red-skinned, cigar-smoking, gun-wielding glory. The great superhero movie rewatch takes a gander at Hellboy.
First of all, Hellboy is just tremendous fun as a character. Ron Perlman is rarely anything but fantastic, and he’s particularly brilliant here. His completely lack of any fucks to give, his snotty commentary, his impatience, his emotional immaturity (probably borne of living away from people most of his life), and his weakness for kittens all combine to make him a very compelling character. It’s always fun to see Sir John Hurt, though I’m amused that in the end it was someone else who had a yucky creature burst from his chest.