"There is nothing more I enjoy than creating fables about monsters, human or otherwise," Guillermo Del Toro, director of the Oscar-winning Pan's Labyrinth, once said in an interview. With the Hellboy series, del Toro is a kid in a candy store, creating creatures of all shapes, sizes and appetites.
Hellboy II: The Golden Army reprises the adventures of the large, red, malcontented demon who works for a secret government agency.
Here the beer-swilling Hellboy is locked in a battle with a prince who wants to revive the Golden army and conquer the world. He's also grappling with relationship issues - he says about his girlfriend: I would give my life for her but she wants me to do the dishes too.
Del Toro has an abundant imagination and this film is filled with some wondrously grotesque creatures. The director imbues all of them with personality but beyond a point, the flesh- eating bugs and the superbly ugly trolls become routine and exhausting.
If you're not a big fan of the comic book, I recommend that you wait for the DVD.