This completely passed me by when it first came out, but given I’ve now seen a trailer for the second film, which looks fantastic, I thought I’d better get my hands on this and check it out. And it’s certainly worth a watch.

The film begins during World War II. Mad man Rasputin is in cahoots with Hitler, and together they manage to open the gates to the supernatural world. By the time the good guys manage to restore normality, the portal was open for long enough for something to escape. Soon enough, they discover something did. And it turns out to be a cute little monster-type thing. Only it is not as harmless as it looks, the ‘thing’ is in fact a baby demon, capable of wreaking complete and utter havoc on the world. As the bad guys aren’t around, the kind-hearted Professor Bloom takes charge of the little creature, and brings it up as his son. So what could have been the scourge of the earth is in fact one of its biggest protectors. The aptly-named Hellboy is trained to obliterate the bad guys. However, in doing so, he’s attracting a lot of attention.

Squeaky-clean FBI agent Myers is brought in to try and keep tabs on Hellboy’s actions and stop him from causing so much havoc. However, he doesn’t do such a great job. He develops a crush on Liz, the love of his charge’s life, which just gives Hellboy another reason to misbehave. They’re soon forced to club together, though, when the evil Rasputin reappears, once again dead-set on destroying the earth. But will Hellboy follow his destiny as a demon and help bring about the end of the world, or will he stand true and defeat the enemy? Only one way to find out…

This wasn’t a bad film. It wasn’t the most tense or action-packed superhero movie I’ve seen, but it wasn’t the worst, either. It’s probably not as popular as some of the other movies due to the fact the character isn’t quite up there with Spiderman, Batman and Superman, but if you’re into the genre, you should definitely watch it. It’s a bit different, it’s got humour, it’s tongue in cheek, and there are many worse ways to while away a couple of hours.

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