Hellboy


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Hellboy


Guilty pleasures are rarely more pleasurable than this - exceeded this week only by the entirely innocent pleasure of Dodgeball. Hellboy! The name itself is just so inspirationally silly. Suffice it to say that our eponymous lad is an ambiguous figure derived from a comic-book series who occupies a moral twilight zone, much like the "Daywalker" vampire from director Guillermo Del Toro's excellent Blade movies.
Hellboy was unleashed into our unsuspecting world from the infernal pit of damnation by the, erm, Nazis in 1944. A pre-credit sequence shows stunned US troops in wartime Scotland uncovering a coven of Nazi devil-botherers in some moonlit church ruins, summoning up the forces of evil. (Hold it, I hear you cry, the Nazis invaded Scotland? So what do they need Satan for? Oh, never mind.)
All they released in the end was a tiny imp, who was captured and brought up to fight the dark side by special adviser Professor Bruttenholm, played by John Hurt, perhaps the last British thesp available for this sort of role now that Sir IanMcKellen and Patrick Stewart are otherwise engaged. (I can only assume that Derek Jacobi is being suited up for some blockbusting sci-fi horror even now.) And his young protégé is Hellboy, played by Ron Perlman.
Hellboy looks like a cross between the George Peppard and Mr T characters from The A Team, but is as red as a tandoori chicken: he's a grumpy, superannuated child, always smokes a cigar and keeps his horns filed down to two raw stumps. As if this wasn't unattractive enough, he's got a forearm which is puffed up to Popeye proportions.
The film is a delirious mix of X-Men, X-Files, Ghostbusters and the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, but more enjoyable than any of them. And the reason is that poor Hellboy has a surprisingly plausible tendresse for fellow creature of the night Liz Sherman (Selma Blair) who has the ability, when cross as two sticks, to burst into flames. His yearning reminded me of Ron Perlman's performance in the cult 1980s TV show Beauty And The Beast. It's bizarre and loopy, romantic and dynamic.


ambiguous- niejednoznaczny, niejasny
bizarre - dziwaczny, groteskowy
blockbusting - będący przebojem kinowym
coven- sabat czarownic
damnation- potępienie
entirely- całkowicie
eponymous - tytułowy bohater
exceed- przewyższać, przekraczać
grumpy- gderliwy, w złym humorze
imp- chochlik, diabełek
infernal- piekielny
innocent- niewinny
inspirationally - inspirujący
loopy - dziwaczny, zwariowany
plausible- prawdopodobny
puff up- puchnąć
stump- pniak, kikut
stun- oszałamiać, ogłuszać
suffice- wystarczać, zadowalać
superannuate- wysyłać na emeryturę; wypłacać emeryturę
tandoori - metoda zapiekania w glinianym cylindrycznym naczyniu tandoor
tendresse - czułość
thesp- aktor, aktorka (pogardliwie)
twilight - mrok, zmrok, zmierzch
unleash- uwalniać
yearn- tęsknić, wzdychać do


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