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Top 25 Films of the 2000s – #8

December 24, 2009

#8 – Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)

I really dug the first Hellboy, but the sequel seemed to bring more of everything, including director Guillermo Del Toro’s crazy-brilliant creativity. Beyond the uber-imaginative creature designs, though, it’s the characters that make Hellboy tick, and here the Golden Army delivers above and beyond the first film. The interplay between Hellboy, Liz and Abe seemed markedly more natural this time around, and the addition of Seth MacFarlane’s unexpectedly great Johann Kraus proved an inspired addition to the team of weirdos.

This movie chock full of great moments…from the history-told-by-way-of-puppets opening, to the locker room fight between Hellboy and Kraus, the entire troll market scene, Hellboy and Abe getting drunk and signing along to Barry Manilow, and finally the epic battle with the Golden Army.

But it’s the passion that really sells this movie for me. As with Robert Downey, Jr. in Iron Man, you can tell the entire cast poured themselves into this movie, and had a blast making it. Ron Perlman especially. Acting beneath a mountain of prosthetics is no easy feat, but he brings a palpable charm to Big Red.

Okay, so it’s a pretty great movie, but why does it rank so high? For me, a big part of it has to do with replay value. The Dark Knight was a great flick, but not a movie I’d want to return to too often. Hellboy II, on the other hand, has tons of replay value. It’s highly watchable, imaginative, and fun in a way very few action flicks ever manage to be.

#9 – Gladiator

#10 – The Incredibles

#11 – 300

#12 – Casino Royale

#13 – The Dark Knight

#14 – Snatch

#15 – Zombieland

#16 – Ratatouille

#17 – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

#18 – Transformers

#19 – Iron Man

#20 – Monsters, Inc.

#21 – Inglourious Basterds

#22 – Hot Fuzz

#23 – Watchmen

#24 – Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl

#25 – District 9

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