Hellboy Doesn’t Know What to Do With Its R-Rating, So It Became a Bad Music Video

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Hellboy 2019, David Harbour

It’s been over a decade since we last saw Hellboy on the big screen, and with fan favorites Guillermo del Toro and Ron Perlman gone, the reboot had a lot of work to do to convince fans that it was a worthy successor. To that end, the film landed itself an R-rating, adding to the growing number of superhero films that are looking to tackle more adult subject matter and themes.

But oddly enough, Hellboy barely seems to earn its rating for anything other than gore.

When the film opens in black and white, during the Dark Ages, with some stock-style battle footage of King Arthur and Merlin and the sorceress Nimue, you already know that you’re headed for something a tiny bit overwrought. What works in a comic book isn’t guaranteed to play out well on screen, and Hellboy is keen on proving that, one bad jump cut at ...