Why The Hellboy Reboot Should Have Been A Prequel

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“Holy crap!” We finally have our first look at David Harbour in his full Hellboy getup. I think he looks amazing and almost identical to the version that we saw in Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army. The only difference between the two is that the newer version is slightly younger-looking, has scars instead of markings, and has longer, unkempt hair. I was a fan of the original Hellboy films with Ron Perlman and would have loved to see a third film in that series, but after seeing the new image, I am pumped for this new version. The only thing that perplexes me is why this new film was not made as a prequel?

(Beware: there are spoilers for the original Hellboy film below)

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Originally titled Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, and now simply titled Hellboy, the film will have Hellboy (David Harbour) square off against a medieval sorceress named Nimue The Blood Queen (Milla Jovovich) who seeks to destroy humankind. The cast also includes Ian McShane as Trevor Bruttenholm and Daniel Dae Kim as Ben Daimio. We do not currently know what time period this story will take place in, but if its a younger Hellboy, then it will most likely take place during the ’60s or ’70s. The writers could have easily crafted a story that would fit into Guillermo del Toro’s established universe.

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In the original film, we first meet Hellboy as a baby during World War II. The next time we see him is when the film jumps forward to 2004. This gives us 60 years worth of stories that we could have seen with a younger Hellboy. That would give the studio good reason to recast certain roles with younger actors and not worry about characters such as Liz Sherman, who would not have been born yet. Just like with the X-Men franchise, if the prequel films do well, then they would have good reason to finance Guillermo del Toro’s third film. This would keep all films in the same continuity while also allowing fans of the original films to get some closure. We could definitely use some after the way Hellboy II: The Golden Army ended.

Hellboy is slated to be released in theaters in 2018

Are you excited for the Hellboy reboot, would you rather have a prequel, or would you rather get Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy III? Leave your comments below.

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‘Dunkirk’ Review

 

dunkirk-poster-600x889I am a big fan of Christopher Nolan. The films that he writes and directs are usually different and amazing. When I found out he wanted to make his passion project, Dunkirk, I was excited. We had never seen him do a war film before and I wanted to know what kind of expertise and gravitas he would bring to a film of this nature. After seeing the first trailer, I was not very impressed but hoped the film would be more interesting. I have now seen the film, and while it’s not a terrible film, I do not think it is up to par with Christopher Nolan’s previous films. Nor do I think it is the greatest war film of all time. The film is about the evacuation of the Allied soldiers that were trapped on the beaches of Dunkirk, France during World War II. The film is also told from three perspectives and in a non-linear fashion. From the land, we follow a young British private named Tommy as he tries to escape the beaches of Dunkirk. From the air, we follow two RAF pilots, Farrier and Collins, as they take down enemy planes. And from the sea, we follow Mr. Dawson, his son Peter, and Peter’s friend George as they sail to Dunkirk to ferry soldiers home to safety. The non-linear aspect of this film was a tad confusing as you are not told when you are switching from one perspective to the next. Therefore it is hard to grasp a sense of time. I feel if it were clearer when we were switching perspectives, or if each perspective were told separately, the film would have made more sense throughout. The cinematography and use of practical effects did add a realism to this film that most war films lack. The acting was fine and there were great moments of suspense, however, there was little dialogue. I understand that aspect of the film was by design, as Nolan wanted fans to focus on the situations that the characters were in, instead of what they were saying. Yet, I felt that it backfired as I hardly cared about the characters in the film because I didn’t really get to know any of them. Towards the end some light gets shed on the motivations of a few of the characters, but nothing more. Christopher Nolan cast great actors such as Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, and Cillian Murphy to play the roles in this film. Yet, every actor I recognized felt like a glorified cameo. Another setback for me was the film’s score. I was expecting an exciting sound from the composer, Hans Zimmer, but the music was rather dull and bleak. It did appropriately reflect the situation the soldiers were in, but it didn’t really change during the heroic moments. I give Dunkirk a Normal 6/10. I’m happy Christopher Nolan tried something different, but now its time for him to get back into filming something exhilarating and fun. Perhaps something like Bond 25.