WHAT WAS GOOD?
With Guillermo del Toro behind the camera (and on scripting duties) Hellboy was a beautifully dark movie, that demonstrated the director's love for the source material. He mixed stunning visuals, horrifying villains and likeable characters to produce a film that proved not all good comic-book tales are about heroes in Spandex.
Ron Perlman was perfectly cast as the grouchy yet lovable demon Hellboy and the make-up to complete his transformation was spot on. John Hurt provided much gravitas as Hellboy's surrogate father Professor Broom and Doug Jones' performance as Abe Sapien (complete with David Hyde Pierce providing voice duties) was so damn believable that you could have sworn Abe was real.
Other highlights included, evil assassin Kroenen; Hellboy's battle with a hellhound; the final showdown with Rasputin; and did I mention Abe Sapien?
What was so enjoyable about Hellboy was that it drew you into this huge oxymoronic world of fantasy and adventure that was just so beautifully terrifying.