In A Perfect World

…I wouldn’t have had to spend 2 minutes carefully removing stickers from my newly acquired Hellboy volume 8. And there is still Sticky Stuff on it!

Look, I am not asking for much in life. Sad then, that I can’t even have that.

Seriously marketing-people, do you honestly believe that there are anyone buying volume 8 of the Hellboy Comic Book that don’t already know that it is now a Major Motion Picture? Anyone at all?

On a somewhat amusing side-note, WordPress suggested that I correct “Comicbook” to “Gamecock”. I wonder why.

Hell No, Boy.

I went to see Hellboy 2 last night and I didn’t love it. I really wanted to love it and not just because that meant getting a better deal for my money. I wanted to love it because I really love Mignola’s original Hellboy comic and after a mediocre first movie I could do with some good Hellboy movie action.

But alas, it was no to be.

The main problem, as I see it, was that the movie was just not engaging. There were a lot of potentially interesting points; Hellboy and Liz’s relationship, the Prince trying to save his dying people or Hellboy’s struggle with finding a place in the world, but none of it ever got really real. You could see it there in the story but it never connected emotionally.

Another point that bothered me a bit was the fact that the movie felt like it had 2 very strong design directions that didn’t fit together very well.  I love Mignola’s designs and I love the Pan’s-Labyrinth-style but I don’t love them in the same movie at the same time.

Also, I don’t know it is a Guillermo del Toro thing or if it Doug Jones, but the excessive hand-gesticulation that they have going both here and in Pan’s Labyrinth is getting a bit annoying (if you don’t know what I am talking about, good for you. If you want to know take a look at the Faun in Pan’s)

All in all it wasn’t completely hopeless. I just wasn’t nearly as good as i had hoped.