Monday, July 14, 2008
Ken and I see a lot of movies. Just a few days ago we saw another one: Hellboy II: The Golden Army
This film was one of the many films I've been waiting all summer to finally see which is probably why I was slightly disappointed with it after its viewing.
It's not that I didn't think it was entertaining because it was.
And it's not that I didn't think it was visually interesting because it was that as well.
What it wasn't was as good as the first one.
The humor in the first felt more natural, more propelled by the banter between the characters. In Golden Army, more than a few scenes meant to be funny, seemed to linger well beyond where they needed to in order for the humor to be achieved. The funny felt forced which is unfortunate considering the cast and their previous chemistry.
Also, as a friend of mine pointed out, Selma Blair's character Liz had an extra level of whine to her that seemed to appear from no where. Sure she has a secret, and sure she's upset, but what happened? Is borderline annoying a sign of growing up?
And is it just me or does Abe Sapien sound like a completely different person??
Maybe I'm just being too picky but this installment in the Hellboy series felt a bit too much like a comic book: completely flat.