Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Post Hellboy

Well, even if I had seen the film four nights ago and the rest of the world had probably seen it like three months prior, I couldn't help but to make a post-Hellboy-experience post. Just like my previous writing stated, Guillermo Del Toro has created himself a niche ever since that 2006's Pan's Labyrinth. Arguably, public are made aware of Del Toro's niche through this film even if he has already made films in the same breadth as Pan's. Pan's Labyrinth still remains as my favorite film in the year 2006 and up until now, I could still whistle the last lullaby of Olivia as she steps into her kingdom and welcomed warmly by her people and her royal family with passion that never failed to gives me goosebumps all over.

In his latest film, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Del Toro's niche is further accentuated as he redefines the Elf-race, the Tooth Fairy, the Troll market, Goblin and their machineries, and on some length, the Beanstalk from whatever-tale-that-beanstalk-coming-from. In 2001, Peter Jackson introduces the Elf-race to the greater masses (those who watch films but not read books and there are still far too many of such people) with his adaptation of J.R.R Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Up to that point, most likely that when you're talked about Elf, you're going to remember Arwen, or in my case, Galadriel. Peter Jackson's Elfs are slender, full-of-grace, and not to mention, terribly beautiful. Now, when I say that Del Toro redefines the Elf-race, one need only to look at Princess Nuala. She was beautiful, but unique, a definition of beautiful that puts her not-of-this-world and then we had Prince Nuada. Fierce, sharp, and precise is how am I going to define his presence. Both of these Elfs still retains the majestic quality, the slenderness and the grace-ness of the Elf-race but they're certainly different, up the ante so to speak. Now, why am I making this comparison? As most of you probably know, Guillermo Del Toro's next project is two-episodes of "The Hobbit", a prequel to "The Lord of the Rings" saga. "The Hobbit" told a story of how Bilbo Baggins found that troublesome One Ring which his nephew Frodo Baggins has to carry ever east to the Mountains of Doom for the duration of three films, and of how Smeagol is a, um, well, Smeagol. Even if Peter Jackson still involved with the project by being a producer, it is to be expected that Guillermo Del Toro will pours his own vision to create the Middle-Earth. I was utterly excited to see how he's going to re-shapes Rivendell and its citizens, how he's going to told the Battle with Smaug and really, judging by what he has done to New York through Hellboy, I had a pretty good reasons that he could do more with a fantasy world such as Middle Earth.

Meanwhile, an assumption could be safely made that we're going to see the third Hellboy film in the future and the word is, we could have a TV series in between. Well, if I was a producer with millions of dollars to invest, I would want to see a Hellboy-related TV series. Not about Hellboy himself, but perhaps more about Manning and his B.P.R.D for as you can see briefly in the film, there are a lot of "interesting" activity in the Bureau which actually reminds me a lot to "Men in Black" Well, whatever Guillermo Del Toro has in store (the seventh Harry Potter film, perhaps?), my only hope is that he's going to finish "The Hobbit" first before anything else.

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