Saturday, June 28, 2008

Get Ready For Red

Yeah, yeah - we all know that The Dark Knight is coming in a few weeks, and it would be unfair to say that I'm not as excited as anybody for the next chapter of Christopher Nolan's prescient Batman reboot. But my excitement to see the new Joker in action is rivaled by my giddy anticipation for the second installment in another luminous superhero saga: Hellboy 2: The Golden Army opens July 11.

Hellboy was a film brimming with good humor, pathos and wonderfully dysfunctional heroes. Judging from the trailers it's clear that Ron Perlman has once again played everybody's favorite wisecracking Catholic demon with all of the energy and aloof wit that he can muster despite the layers of plasticine and prosthetics required for the part. Director Guillermo del Toro is going all-out for this one and you can tell - full-size monster body suits, a heady dose of fantasy and a wider variety of enemies and creatures should pump up the ante nicely (considering that HB spent most of the first movie essentially fighting a single monster, this is more than welcome). Guillermo is injecting more than a little Pan's Labyrinth-style demented fantasy into this sequel and I can't be more pumped for July 11. Check out the 2nd and 3rd trailers particularly to see what I mean - the first is more conventional and far less illuminating.

EDIT: Props to two of the trailers for featuring Rammstein's "Mein Herz Brennt" for the freakout section. I believe the first movie's trailer used "Feuer Frei" from the same record.

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