Meanwhile Prince Nuada (played with amazing physicality by Luke Goss) is readying plans to attack the surface world, since he’s none to happy about having to live below ground. He has a twin sister, Princess Nuala (played with an almost ethereal touch by Anna Walton) who feels and suffers whatever pain or injuries he does, and vice versa. She does not believe in what he has planned and escapes, of course to run into Hellboy and crew.
The film is visually stunning, which is what we’ve come to expect from Guillermo del Toro, and very well done. The characters are even more at home with each other than they were in the first film and I loved the introduction of Johan Krauss, the ectoplasmic entity contained within an airtight suit. I could have sworn he was being voiced by Jeremy Irons but it turns out it was actually Seth MacFarlane doing the voice work. He really delivered his lines perfectly and somehow made an incredibly pompous and anal retentive character likeable.
Everyone did a great job in the film, and I have to say – when it was funny, it was FUNNY. There were a couple of scenes were the audience (myself included) where laughing our heads off. One of them involved a love struck Abe Sapien trying to deal with this newfound emotion and Hellboy trying to relate to him, man to man (or would that be “demon to “fishman?”).
So that made the scenes that were dark and creepy stand out that much more in contrast. I wouldn’t recommend bringing the little ones to this as their are some mighty creepy looking creatures in the film, and one scene were a couple of agents are eaten alive by a bunch of little critters with lots of teeth.
Again, I don’t know how this will fly with general audiences – del Toro fans and comic book fans will no doubt eat this up, but for everyone else? I’ll be curious to see how it does over the next couple of weeks. The thing is that it was such a schizophrenic film: So wildly funny on one side but so dark and unsettling on the other. I think it might play better if the dark side had been reeled in more than a bit.
So while the sum of its parts isn’t perfect, the individual pieces were quite excellent. If you enjoyed the first film you’ll definitely enjoy this one – and if you like dark mixed with comedy, this might be for you as well. And bring a date since it’s got clingy and laugh out loud enjoyable moments as well. :-)