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Demons and fish-men and elves, oh my!

lostsatyr and I saw Hellboy II: The Golden Army yesterday.

I had a wonderful time - the visuals were terrific, there were numerous laughs, and the film moved well, at least from my POV. Ron Perlman was a delight to watch, as always, and the cast seemed to be having fun with their roles. The costumes were luscious, too - I think I've got some inspiration for the clothing in my still-in-the-planning-stages fantasy game.

I rather enjoyed the parallels drawn between the Hellboy/Liz and Abe Sapien/Princess Nuala relationships. Poor Abe, though - he finds the woman of his dreams and loses her, all in the space of that one film.

On the other hand, the drunken karaoke of Hellboy and Abe to Barry Manilow's "I Can't Smile Without You" was *hilarious*! Great stuff.

I'm impressed that the writers tried to make Prince Nuada somewhat sympathetic (or at least, someone whose motivations I could understand and empathize with) - a thing that's lacking in a number of other superhero movies I've seen. And I'm trying to figure out how to make that spear of his work in an RPG. :)

The effects for the wood elemental were breathtaking, and I rather liked the way they play up the "creator and destroyer" aspect of it upon its death. Out of death comes life, indeed. I wonder if that parallel was intentional, especially considering what's in store for H.B. (if you believe the Angel of Death) and what we learn about Liz this film?

All in all, a most enjoyable film experience. lostsatyr and I would see it again, and I want the DVD when it comes out - if nothing else for the chance to grab some images.

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taithbedwenwyn
Jul. 13th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
The hubby and I liked it too.

Makes me wonder what to tell the baban bach (little baby) we are going to have about tooth fairies.

By the way we are having a girl. We even picked out a name, but online I'm looking for a nick name to use for her already.

I'm thinking cwningen (rabit) or pili pala (butterfly). What do you guys thing?

The one thing that bugged me was the names for Nuada and Balor.

Nuada (Nuada Airgetlám)in the Book of Invasions is a king of the Tuatha Dé Danann. Balor of the Evil Eye was a Formor. They were not related, but rather enemies from different tribes. That plus at one point Nuada had one arm (lost it in battle) that was replaced by silver one, Airgetlám mean silver-hand.

But despite butchering Irish myth, I liked it.

As far as Celtic myths go, there is great new podcast out called "The Celtic Myth Podshow" where they are reading the myths aloud.

http://www.celticmythpodshow.com/
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