HELL­BOY (15)

Bangor Mail - - The Film Review -

HELL hath no fury like wise-crack­ing de­monic spawn with sur­ro­gate daddy is­sues in di­rec­tor Neil Mar­shall’s laboured re­boot of Mike Mig­nola’s Dark Horse Comics se­ries.

Flex­ing its tech­ni­cal de­sign mus­cles in ev­ery frame, Hell­boy doesn’t quite de­scend into pur­ga­tory but there are mo­ments when it comes per­ilously close with a dizzy­ing ar­ray of dig­i­tal trick­ery that doesn’t al­ways fuse seam­lessly with per­for­mances.

Some­times, a change is as good as a rest but a change of key per­son­nel be­hind and in front of the cam­era – Stranger Things ac­tor David Har­bour, above, re­places Ron Perl­man in the ti­tle role – sug­gests Mig­nola’s horned anti-hero could have been rested for another decade.

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