Much like books, we shouldn’t judge movies by their trailers, but I have to say the new Hellboy trailer leaves me cold and wanting. Contrary to what you might think, it’s not because of David Harbour replacing Ron Perlman as Anung Un Rama. Perlman was spectacular as Big Red, but Harbour looks like he will do a fine job.
No, what bothers me about the new Hellboy trailer, and possibly the movie is that I can’t get excited about it no matter how much I try. I love Hellboy and the Mignolaverse. It is weird and scary and fun and funny, and full of heart. To me, that’s what’s missing from this trailer, and why my feelings are luke-warm to cold about it.
Too Much Action
Trailers are supposed to get audiences excited and sell the movie. I understand that, and I understand this reasoning is probably why the new look at the movie is full of action, however, Hellboy is more than action. He is heart and pathos and ethos and a connection to the audience. Audience connection is essential, no matter what movie or character you are presenting.
For Hellboy, though, that connection is essential. He bears the Right Hand of Doom, but he rejects his destiny. As audience members, we need to feel that connection to him immediately. We need to understand that he denies the pre0ordained and forges his own path. If you tell that story with too much action, you run the risk of losing sight of what makes Hellboy work as a character.
Yes, a Hellboy movie needs action, but it needs more than that. Constant stabbings and explosions get boring and tedious. Audiences need more.
New Hellboy Trailer Same Generic Feeling
My biggest issue with the trailer, I think, it the generic feeling. It looks and feels and sounds the same as so many other superhero/action movies. It’s got the standard blue/gray color template, and lots of CGI that calls attention to itself.
Telling a Hellboy story without CGI is nearly impossible, even Del Toro used it in his movies. However, in Del Toro’s vision, the graphics seemed a little more integrated into the world. They felt like they were a part of it rather than apart from it.
A Hellboy movie can be many things: action-packed, scary, weird, funny; but it should never feel like something else. It should be its own entity with its own identity, and this trailer doesn’t communicate that idea to me.
I hope I am wrong, though because want this movie to be good, and I want it to succeed. I love Hellboy, and I want many more good movies to come.
What are your thoughts on the new hellboy trailer? Do you want to see the new movie? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading.