"Hellboy II: The Golden Army", directed by Guillermo del Toro and released in 2008, is the sequel to 2004's "Hellboy". The film continues to check out the life and experiences of Hellboy, a half-human-half-demon working for the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (BPRD) in the US, combating dark forces that threaten the presence of the human world.Plot Summary
The film opens with a flashback, describing the production of a powerful Golden Army by an ancient fairy king to dominate the human world. However, the war ends when the human and magical kingdoms agree to stay segregated. The truce and always the army's deactivation are protected by dividing the king's crown; with one piece kept by the human beings.
Quick forward to present day and the elf king's rebellious boy, Prince Nuada, is identified to reverse the truce since he thinks about the human beings to have violated the contract by destroying nature. Seeking the three pieces of the crown to reactivate the Golden Army, Nuada stirs havoc and condition. Hellboy, together with his staff member Liz Sherman (a lady with intense powers) and Abe Sapien (aquatic humanoid), is assigned to face Nuada and avoid reignition of the devastating war.Varied Relationships and Challenges
As Hellboy fights the dark forces, he likewise deals with individual problems. He has a hard time to keep his relationship with Liz alive amidst revelations that she's pregnant with his kid; a truth she conceals initially due to fear of their infant being a beast. At the same time, Abe comes to grips with his sensations for Nuada's twin sibling, Princess Nuala, who mirrors her brother's emotions and actions due to their special bond, and ends up holding the last piece of the crown.The Climax
The climax includes a direct conflict of interests when the BPRD group reaches Northern Ireland for the final battle. Hellboy, after making it through near-fatal attacks, obstacles Nuada for the Crown's control. Hellboy hardly wins the fight, however declines to eliminate Nuada respecting Nuala's sensations for her brother. In turn, Nuala sacrifices herself to save Hellboy and her sibling, thereby also conserving the Golden Army from reactivation.Conclusion
In the wake of losing Nuala, an aggrieved Abe pertains to terms with the harsh realities of enjoying a non-human. On the other hand, Hellboy decides to leave BPRD together with Liz, after dealing with criticism and fear from the extremely human beings he saves. The film ends on an uncertain note, with the heroes venturing out into an unpredictable future.
"Hellboy II: The Golden Army" skillfully integrates action, dream, comedy, and love, while diving deeper into the inner battles of del Toro's distinct characters. Hellboy, torn between his demonic origins and human associations, remains an engaging lead character, braving challenges both supernatural and mundanely individual. At its core, the film checks out styles of otherness, harmony between people and nature, and camaraderie shining through in the face of misfortunes.