I just got back from seeing Hellboy II: The Golden Army and I have to say it is terrific. It might even unseat Wall-E as my favorite movie this summer.
I am going to get it out of the way and point out the thing everyone else is, the Troll Market. It really is an amazing scene.
Let's start with the eye candy. The designs of the costumes, monsters, makeup, and other things are phenominal. The whole Elemental battle is also great. What a beautiful creature. Lots of practical effects and even some stop motion animation (I think, it might be CG, it is hard to tell).
Ok, so it looks good. Lots of movies do that but are not good in the story department. how is this one? Excellent again. The story tells us that in the past man fought with all the magical creatures of the world. The goblins make a Golden Army, which is indestructible. After a horrible battle were the entire army of me is slaughtered the King of the Elves makes a truce with humanity. Many years pass and the Prince of the Elves, Nuada, wants to start the war again. It is up to our heroes to stop him. I am not going to go any farther than that because I do not want to spoil it.
There is a theme in the movie of the world becoming less magical. It may remind you of the similar theme in POTC III. It breaks your heart when you see some of the wonderful creatures reach the end of their stories.
The villian, Prince Nuada is a very 3 dimensional villian. He has good reasons to do what he does and by the time the movie is over, you do not hate him. I know I felt sorry for him.
Hellboy and Liz have been moving forward in their relationship and they are like most. of course when someone gets angry, they usually can't blast their partner through a wall.
Johann Krauss joins the cast, voiced wonderfully by Seth McFarlane of Family Guy fame. If I did not know going in that it was him, I never would have guessed.
Abe Sapien gets an expanded role in this movie with lots of good scenes. The scene of him drinking with Hellboy is classic. This movie will do for Barry Manilow what WallE did for Hello Dolly.
As you can tell I really liked the film and have no complaints. Go see it.