I am a big fan of David Harbour. I enjoy his performance in Stranger Things, and I have enjoyed other projects that he has been in. So I was excited to see him being cast as the new Hellboy. However, there was something that just did not work with this film. I don’t know if it was the cast or the storyline, but on a personal level, I never connected with this version of Hellboy and his story.
One of the things that made the original Hellboy movie so good, was the fact that you truly believed that this was a tortured hero, with a long life, and an origin that shaped his personality in such interesting ways. And in this project, we didn’t get that same grittiness from the character. Instead, they went with the idea of more like a teenage version of Hellboy.
While a teenage version of the character could have worked well if we were actually getting a younger Hellboy, the problem is that we were looking at an adult Hellboy, with a long life, who is acting like a troubled teenager. Ultimately, it did not quite make sense on screen. Instead, it didn’t feel like we were getting the superhero we expected.
In terms of the cast, this could have been an amazing film. The casting was brilliant, but there were so many inconsistencies with the way this version of Hellboy came across so that his connection with his team and the people he was working with suffered because of it.
Honestly, there were moments of brilliance in this movie. But they were overshadowed by the fact that it was so hard to connect with the main character. While we wanted to root for him, and believe that he was this tortured superhero with a difficult origin story, the film didn’t deliver that in a believable way.