Not exactly spoilers ahead. But kinda.
Just thinking about how much I was disappointed by Hellboy II makes me feel like a traitor. The most brutal part of my unorganized negative commentary review would be this analysis: any randomly chosen four minute segment made sense and was good; any randomly chosen eight minute one was not.
Of particular offense was the Troll Market. The tight streets and narrow winding alleys convinced me there was a ceiling on this sound stage. It immediately brought to mind Diagon Alley and then dismissed it as quickly.
At one point I literally thought Perlman’s head was twice as big as his body. Seriously I had problems with the make-up!
I have no idea why they were shooting at the tooth faeries with bullets in guns when in the just the previous scene we saw Liz expertly in control of her flames. She was on fire near a kitten without toasting it.
The hand-drawn props and scenery that Mike puts in the books just did not translate to the movie format.