Much like last year's ultra-fun The Predator, Neil Marshall's violent, action-oriented Hellboy reboot is being relentlessly ripped apart by critics, even though many horror fans (myself and Sean included) had a blast with it. The new film certainly isn't without its share of flaws, but for the gore-loving horror crowd, it's nothing if not a bloody good time!
Milla Jovovich, who plays the villain Nimue (aka the Blood Queen) in the film, took to Instagram over the weekend to respond to the harsh criticism.
"It’s always stressful on opening weekend and @hellboymovie is no different. You work super hard to make something fun and entertaining and have to absorb the negative reviews by movie critics, but hey! THAT’S SHOWBIZ BABY. All I’m gonna say before going to bed is this: All my raddest films have been slammed by critics. It’s fucking hilarious. Dazed and Confused? Seriously? Classic movie. The Fifth Element! You would have thought that was the worst movie ever made if you read the reviews in like ‘98. Zoolander? Slammed. Joan of Arc? Disaster. Resident Evil? Let’s not even go there. Anyway, every one of those films is now a cult classic. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. And this will be too. Mark my words.”
“Why? 1. Because of the amazing actors. David Harbour. Ian Mcshane. Daniel Dae Kim. Sasha Lane. They are all so damn wonderful and talented, the movie is worth seeing just because they’re in it, especially one that’s so much fun to experience as this is. 2. @mikemignola who created the #Hellboy comics helped write the script and was on set every single day to make this film as close to his vision as possible. 3. It was directed by one of the greats. #NeilMarshall who brought us “The Descent”. One of the greatest horror movies ever. Trust me, you’re gonna have a blast watching the new @hellboymovie. I mean, one critic said “it’s a loud, gory mess only a teenager would love.”HELL yea Hellboy! Let’s have some fun! And with that, I wish you all a good night! Xo m”
Many great recent films have fallen victim to the "almighty" Rotten Tomatoes critics, but it's worth noting the disparity between the “Tomatometer” and the “Audience Score” percentages for Hellboy on the site, with the former sitting at just 15% and the latter holding fairly strong at 63%. Marshall's Hellboy is no doubt made for a specific crowd and I'm happy to be a part of it.
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