Moved this thread from the Hellboy forum. I fgured it should get a little more notice.
It finally started playing here in the greater Boston area. (Or maybe I just finally got around to checking out the thearters again.) I just saw the movie tonight with a bunch a friend and a large group of his friends for part of his birthday party. It was quite amazing. I loved it myself.
Some of the others reactions were mixed. My friend went to check out the costuming and effects and seemed to like it. We were talking about some of stuff and I told him some of the things I heard. I filled him in about Doug Jones, who he remembered from played Abe in Hellboy, physically playing two monsters. I told him how he was playing Silver Surfer in the upcoming movie.
Some of the girls with us were rather grossed out or squeemish at some of the violence. Ok, ok, some of us guys were squirming and wincing at some of the scenes too. I myself winced at the use of needles a couple of times. Someone else commented that they expected more fantasy and less of the war drama. I enjoyed that, but I can see how this could be problem of marketing.
One of the things that amazed me, which I think a point of the film, was that some of the most monsterous and horrifying moments in the film were performed by the humans, not the mythical monsters.
Oh and I forgot to tell everyone before we were in the thearter that the film was in Spanish and subtitled in English, but the group was a bunch of anime fans, so I don't think anyone there minded them.
I gotta say, this was one of the best films I've seen in a while. Well, this and Children of Men, which I saw the day before. They oddly had some similar overtones with taking place in a fascist government and all. Both were simply amazing films, both of which I'd see again in thearters and a must own on DVD.