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This review is from: Hellboy (Director's Cut) [DVD]   (DVD)
If you were to guess a Christian theology graduate's favourite post-LOTR fantasy movie you wouldn't pick the big red monkey would you? Great action, cool villians plus a great cocktail of puppetry, physical effects and CGI create a memorable tale of charm and style. Add to this a great suite of extras and it becomes a classic DVD.
Many of you won't give a damn about my religious views (and quite right too) my point is this: despite my convictions I loved this movie. But bear with me when I say Hellboy has an understanding of the role of a hero that makes a pleasant change from the nihilism of Spidey, Bats or even Bond. Hellboy doesn't revel in violence; in fact it bores him- he'd rather try to reason with his foes and draws not an ounce of pleasure from his fights, really he sees his role as a super-powered pest-controller. He merely does what necessary to save the day. Ron Perlman gives a great performance giving Hellboy a poignancy, dignity and intensity that means we ignore his appearance and sympathise with his loneliness.
Profound but not preachy, thrilling but not inane - simply great.