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That is actually the mistake. McShane and harbour lack any type of real chemistry with each other, which fumbles the dynamic that’s supposed to carry Broom and Hellboy through their various arcs. McShane spends the majority of his screen time providing info dump exposition whilst Harbour rolls his eyes as best he can under pounds and pounds of makeup which, possibly, could have worked when we had been given any indication that their relationship had ever been anything but rugged.
Hellboy may not be the most well-known comic book hero on the planet, but he is certainly well loved — a status that’s earned him his very own cinematic reboot by director Neil Marshall, a little more than a decade after Guillermo del Toro’s cult classic duology. Regrettably, Big Red to the silver screen’s yield is a successor to the movies or anything but a welcome one.