Milla Jovovich responds to “Hellboy” reviews — a future cult classic?

Hellboy dir. Neil Marshall 2019

Hellboy hasn't exactly been received with open arms but Milla Jovovich has her own predictions.

Neil Marshall's Hellboy reboot has pretty much been a total disaster. Both audiences and critics have struggled to identify the film's merits, declaring it a total step down from Guillermo del Toro's former adaptation.

The Academy Award-winning filmmaker behind such gems as The Shape of Water and Pan's Labyrinth brought the iconic Dark Horse Comics antihero to the screen in 2004, and the film was rewarded with a sequel in 2008. The sequel set things up for a third instalment, but sadly, the project failed to materialise. Instead, Marshall rebooted it in the vein of such R-rated superhero flicks as Deadpool. 

Sadly, Marshall's attempts to jumpstart a new superhero series have been in vain. Although the recent film has teased a potential sequel, it's hard to envision one coming into being. It currently holds a crushing 15% on Rotten Tomatoes and a measly Metascore of 31%; sequel plans will likely be dismissed once the film concludes its disappointing theatrical run. There's no doubt that it's been the biggest misfire of the year so far, but one of the film's stars believes it will have a glorious afterlife. 

Milla Jovovich - who plays The Blood Queen - recently posted on Instagram, expressing her belief that critical hostility will fail to condemn Hellboy for good. The actress raises some good points and backs herself up with numerous examples. Check out the post below:

 
 
 
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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

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It's great to see the stars sticking up for the film, as they're all within their rights to convey just how confident they are with the work they've done despite the negativity. Everyone's entitled to their opinion, but the general opinion does seem to suggest that Hellboy will be forgotten sooner than later. Then again, there's definitely potential for the film to be reevaluated by audiences and Dark Horse Comics enthusiasts later on in its lifespan. If Jovovich highlights anything here, it's that theatrical release is only one hurdle in determining a film's success. 

It's true that many cult films have been dismissed at the box office, as most tend to be rediscovered following home distribution. It's hard to predict if this will be the case for Hellboy, but there's definitely reason in what Jovovich is saying. The best Marshall can hope for is that his film will be looked back on in the future as dumb fun, or perhaps a work which refused to take itself too seriously during the golden age of superhero cinema. Only time will tell...

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