Posted by Martin:
Hell Boy II: The Golden Army
I really liked the first HellBoy, it was quite original and introduced me to the HellBoy comic.
The first movie introduced us to great characters and spent a lot of time on having you enjoy the relationships.
This movie introduces us to great places and creatures, NEW KINDS OF PLACES AND CREATURES. That happens so rarely in the movies that when it does we remember it for along time. When we go into the Troll Market Place, I thought this is what it was like the first time we saw the Cantina in Star Wars. Roger Ebert thought the same thing, he just posted it before I did.
There is relationship tension between Hellboy and Liz his HOT (in so many ways) girlfriend. I won't spoil it here, but it does lead to Hellboy 3.
The strength of this movie of course lies in gifted director and screenwriter Guillermo del Torro. Who most recently won an Oscar for his work on Pan's Labyrinth. The creatures share a very similar style from Pan's Labyrinth, especially the Angel of Death who has eyes in his wings as opposed to his face, a style much like the white child eating monster from Pan's Labyrinth.
Ultimately this time around Hellboy is less about internal relationships and character development, and more about new adventures and places. And it is a good place to travel to.