Hellboy 2019 Review: All Gore and No Heart
The Hellboy reboot that apparently nobody wanted is now in theaters, and unfortunately it’s not as good as it could’ve been. David Harbour shines as the titular character, and his supporting cast ain’t too shabby either, but the lack of a cohesive narrative really drags the overall experience down.
There’s just nothing overly exciting or surprising about the plot, so it mostly just stumbles its way to the end, which is very predictable and devoid of any shocking moments.
You can check out my full review below in video or scripted form.
“Hey now fans of Hell, boy that is, Matt Heywood here to review Hellboy 2019, or what I like to call the movie that took me two viewings to decide that it was just ok and nothing special.
I did see Hellboy twice, but not because I thought it was so amazing that my brain wanted another helping. I saw it twice because my first viewing was very late, and I had a few drinks in me, so I may or may not have dozed off a few times, which led to the already disjointed plot, feeling messier than it truly is.
Although, upon my second, fully alert viewing, I still came away feeling underwhelmed, but overall the narrative flowed much better because I was alive for the whole plot.
Unfortunately, I still didn’t find Hellboy 2019 anything to write home about. I mean David Harbour is a solid Hellboy, and for the most part, the cast does stand out in the film as being one of its better assets, but the lackluster story just never manages to suck you into its demonic affair.
There’s nothing about the plot that makes you feel anything for anyone involved. The gist of it leaves zero suspense, and even when you think you may get a shocking twist, you’re left with the ordinary.
I will say that I appreciated the over-the-top gore, which is some of the most gruesome and in your face gore I’ve seen in a flick in a long time, but even it feels off in Hellboy. It’s almost as if those involved were like F it, let’s do a very basic take on Hellboy and just add in a bunch of insane kill shots and oceans full of blood, that will make the fans happy.
Yeah, not so much. You have to have a great story to prop up the gore to make it feel even more awesome, but Hellboy fails in this regard too.
Hellboy, will at times make you laugh, and during others it will make your jaw drop due to the violence, but overall it fails to entertain. The story just isn’t engaging, and not once are you made to care or feel for anyone involved. I had zero connection to every character, which just made the plot feel hollow.
Hellboy earns a 5.5 out of 10 from Team EB. It may be worth seeing in theaters due to the spectacle that it provides, but don’t expect to have your mind blown by anything else.
Thanks for watching, I’m Matt Heywood signing off for EntertainmentBuddha.com, where we make you a better geek, one post at a time.”
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