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BB and I went to see Hellboy II tonight. I give it a 7.5 out of 10 - perfectly gorgeous, likeable heroes, even likeable (or sympathetic) "villains" and some amazing imagery. Guillermo Del Toro has amazing visions in that head of his, and it seems as if they dovetail nicely with Mike Mignola's. There was a little too much yuckin' it up, and not enough of the weirdness of the first movie, so saieth BB, and I think he's right. But for a summer movie? Works just fine. And, on a completely shallow note, the first time we see the Prince, doing his magic knifish wire work moves?

MMMMmmmm.....

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fredcritter
Jul. 13th, 2008 10:37 am (UTC)
xlnt!
Ooh. Gavi and Susan watched Hb I on da tv the other and are planning to see II. Glad to hear they're likely to enjoy it.
kaffyr
Jul. 13th, 2008 06:11 pm (UTC)
Re: xlnt!
Yeah, it is fun - I will put in a warning, though: There is a fairly creepy scene early on which involves swarms of little magical flying faerie carnivores, who attack our heroes. Two of the redshirts die, and though it's largely in quick editing cuts, there are one or two shots (maybe 2-7 seconds, which can be long for visuals) that are less than pleasant. Gavi's a young teen at this point (is my ancient and doddering memory correct?) so I don't think it should worry her, but I figured I'd put that out there as a point of information.
maruad
Jul. 13th, 2008 08:54 pm (UTC)
Re: xlnt!
Thanks for the warning... I was thinking of taking the boys to a matinee while Sandy was at work. Now I will have to think it over. I don't if 12 is too young. One of the boys has seen HB 1 but he had no parental controls over what he watched in those days.

The boys have seen Ironman and a few other moderately violent movies but nothing too visceral.
kaffyr
Jul. 14th, 2008 05:18 am (UTC)
Re: xlnt!
You might want to talk to them about what they think of fantasy novels, and about what they find unnerving (I'd never ask a 12 year old boy what he finds frightening, because I'm not sure he'd want to admit to being afraid of anything, but "unnerve" is something else again.)

I also need to emphasize that, after the scene with the Tooth Fairies (yes, they're called tooth fairies!) it is much, much much less viscerally violent, and you're back to reasonable Wild West rock'em, sock'em stuff.
fredcritter
Jul. 14th, 2008 12:18 am (UTC)
Re: xlnt!

Thanks for the warning. I'll pass it along to Gavi (shown). I'm pretty sure she won't be traumatized, although she'll certainly find it disgusting. (Yes, your [adjectives deleted on account of inaccuracy] memory is correct—she's fifteen.)

Re: the icon you used for your reply. I've always been fond of the saying Chuck Jones attributed to his Uncle Lynn: "They can kill you, but they're not allowed to eat you." Seems to be coming to mind a lot lately, for some reason…

kaffyr
Jul. 14th, 2008 05:21 am (UTC)
Re: xlnt!
Oh, man, what a smile! The disgusting? Yeah, kinda, but as I mentioned to Maruad, it doesn't last a long time, and goes on to be pretty reasonable rock-em, sock'em stuff. And the fact that there really aren't horrible villains makes it rather more thoughtful than this sort of thing can be.

Ah, Chuck...wait, not allowed to eat you? Well then, what's the point of killing you?
mjlayman
Jul. 14th, 2008 12:56 am (UTC)
Re: xlnt!
A friend of mine thought the "Evil Steampunk Fairies" were the best part.
kaffyr
Jul. 14th, 2008 05:23 am (UTC)
Re: xlnt!
Hmm. Are we talking "high" faerie, meaning villainous-but-cool Prince, or the, uhm, tooth fairies? The latter were inventive, and kind of cutely abhorrent.
mjlayman
Jul. 14th, 2008 09:47 pm (UTC)
Re: xlnt!
You'll have to ask her yourself: AJ's Blog.
erthefae.blogspot.com
Jul. 15th, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
Re: xlnt!
Ok, let's see if this works, I've never used OpenID to post on a LJ before...

Hi! I'm Marilee's Steampunk Faerie-lovin' friend. Do I have to choose one or the other? I loved 'em all. All the faeries and goblins and monsters and creatures. Prince Nuada can over-run my world with his indestructible army ANY day. I'll be too busy swooning to care ;)

(the mythology nerd in me, however, would like to point out that Nuada was king of the Tuatha, and was killed by Balor, who was not his father, but that's what happens when you use existing mythology names for characters in your own mythology)
mjlayman
Jul. 15th, 2008 10:57 pm (UTC)
Re: xlnt!
I believe I'll be walling your world off from mine if you have all those critters!
kaffyr
Jul. 16th, 2008 01:25 am (UTC)
Re: xlnt!
Heh.
kaffyr
Jul. 16th, 2008 01:24 am (UTC)
Re: xlnt!
Well, hello there! No indeed, you don't have to choose, although if I was going to share a toothbrush with a fairy, it would indeed be Prince Nuada. I loved the imagery of the two "high" elves looking, by turns, as if they were slowly eroding away, or were made of the same wood as the puppets in the young Hellboy's imagination.

I also loved the fact that I couldn't consider him a villain, as such. Oh, yeah, and he was gorgeous, or did I mention that before? Heh.

Thanks for pointing out the mythological nomenclature links; I agree with you that movies can gleefully play fast and loose with such things, although I suspect it could reasonably be termed just another part of the folk process in which gods and monsters partake of each others' natures in human memory....

...and other such pompous, lame-assed commentary. I'm prone to it.
mjlayman
Jul. 16th, 2008 01:50 am (UTC)
Re: xlnt!
Well, now that you've talked to her, go look at her jewelry.

Edited at 2008-07-16 01:51 am (UTC)
mjlayman
Jul. 14th, 2008 12:55 am (UTC)
Re: xlnt!
You have an Obama button in your beard!
fredcritter
Jul. 14th, 2008 01:35 am (UTC)
*grin* (was Re: xlnt!)
Yes, indeed I do. I was kinda wondering when somebody was going to notice comment. You win.
mjlayman
Jul. 14th, 2008 01:42 am (UTC)
Re: *grin* (was Re: xlnt!)
It kinda stuck out -- I'm not sure I've seen things in your beard before. At least the icon one.
kaffyr
Jul. 14th, 2008 05:26 am (UTC)
Re: *grin* (was Re: xlnt!)
Kewl! (I'm using my only political icon in honor of your button, even though I almost completely disagree with lovely Jane. Politics are so much fun to talk about.)
fishbliss
Jul. 13th, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC)
I agree with your analysis, but my calculations give the film a 7.7

/G
kaffyr
Jul. 13th, 2008 06:12 pm (UTC)
The extra .2 being for the Barry Manilow sing-along?
belsum
Jul. 14th, 2008 12:18 am (UTC)
So. Jealous. Must. Find. Theater. Near. Beach. House.
kaffyr
Jul. 14th, 2008 05:28 am (UTC)
You know, I was thinking about you constantly during the movie - I kept thinking about the icon you're using here, and I also had to keep myself from whispering to BB "Now I know what Belsum's handy-swordy icon is from!"
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