Well, the title says it all! Today, I hit 100 subscribers, which means that after Hocus Pocus, I get to do a SPECIAL movie review: Hellboy II: The Golden Army. It's my 10th favorite movie of all time, and every 100 subs I get, I will do another one of my top 10, and every 100 after that will be strictly user suggestions.
Hellboy II is exactly what you want in a sequel. It does everything that the first one does, but does it better. Hellboy is still the little kid in a grown demon's body and they removed the young agent (since he wasn't even in the comic, I consider that a good thing.) It further builds on the side characters, Liz and Abe, and goes into the relationship between Liz and Hellboy pretty damn well.
And for the villains, we have Nuada, an elf prince who is bent on destroying humanity by using the titular Golden Army. One definitely gets a very Shakespearean vibe from him in the way he carries himself. However classy as he may be, he is Hellboy's most challenging foe - physically and mentally. He virtually pits Hellboy against a creature known as a forest guardian, and when Hellboy is about to finish the creature off, Nuada appears, knowing Hellboy's main task is to stop him. He questions Hellboy's morality, as the forest creature is the last of its kind, but Hellboy regrettably follows the orders of his superiors and ends the creature's life.
I would be completely remiss if I didn't mention Nuada's princess twin, Nuala. She carries a piece of the crown of the Golden Army that Nuada looks for, and is "bonded" with her twin. As in if she gets cut, he bleeds. If he gets punched, she feels the pain. Hellboy has a real task trying to fight Nuada without hurting the innocent Nuada.
I cannot give the movie a score, as it would be pretty obvious. I mean, I'm putting it as my tenth favorite movie of all time, after all.