Early reactions for Hellboy have admittedly not been good, and critics are going at the film like it’s going to be the biggest flop of the year. While I thought the movie was actually a good bit of fun, Milla Jovovich, who played the main villain of the film, believes that the film is going to go down as a cult classic and that the critics are wrong about Hellboy.
This was her post on IG:
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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😘
It’s worth noting that not only the critics were against this, but the timing as well. Besides Hellboy coming out in the same month as Shazam! and Avengers: Endgame, it had to release on the same weekend as Star Wars Celebration—so you can imagine nobody was talking about the film when it came out.
Hopefully the film manages to get a decent audience before Endgame comes and absolutely decimates the box office. Despite what critics say, the movie was still a good bit of fun. Sure, the story wasn’t the strongest point, but the creature designs and practical effects were fantastic, and David Harbour makes for a great Unwilling Harbinger of the Apocalypse; I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Catch Hellboy currently in theaters.