How Social Media Saved the World

It cannot be understated that we are living through a history-making difficult time. Hundreds of thousands of people are falling victim to a global pandemic and everyone is else either staying home or acting brazenly stupid. It shouldn't be surprising, though, that one of the upshots of all of this is that there has been a rise in meme-making.

First defined by Richard Dawkins in 1976 as a cultural idea that takes on a life of its own and is passed down through generations much the same way that genes are, the word "meme" has itself taken on a life of its own to define pictures made and passed around on the Internet that often lampoon various aspects of life. I don't think I've seen any new memes in the past few days that weren't about the COVID-19 epidemic. But this isn't the first time a global catastrophe has been made fun of in what could be described as a "childish" fashion. In fact, one of the memes I've seen compared the uptick in Cor…

Hellboy 2: WoW in Reverse

Why It's a Geek Movie
So about halfway through the movie I'm sitting there enjoying the demon, Hellboy, with a baby in his tail, shoot at an Elemental which was unleashed by an Elf prince when I realize... I'm watching the exact opposite of Warcraft! Here is a demon as the good guy and an Elf as the bad guy. A creature that most closely resembles a Naga and a fire mage team up with a blood-red demon to fight against an evil elf who rules over a kingdom of goblins, orcs, dwarves and all manner of mystical creatures... Next round, Redhorse Comics verses Blizzard Entertainment: FIGHT!

Also it's based on a comic book... I think we've been over this.

What's it About?
As I hinted above, the elf prince is trying to destroy the human race because he believes they have broken the treaty they signed ages ago that allowed the two worlds to live in peace, the humans in the cities and the mystical creatures in the forests. The forests are thinning, you see, and cities are growing more widespread. If the humans aren't stopped, the mystical creatures will have nowhere left to live. To do this, he seeks to unleash the Golden Army and only Hellboy and the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense can stop him.

How to Appreciate It
Hellboy is a fun flight of fancy, but I'm gonna have to concede that it's not for everyone. If you want to enjoy this movie you have to be the type of person who isn't afraid to dig into a Tolkien novel and bring these characters to the 21st century just for the heck of it. Oh, and, while you're at it, reverse everyone's role so that the evil is good and the good is evil. Just for the heck of it. In other words, you have to have a very... very active imagination.

Is it Worth It?
I mentioned in my defense for Hancock that its only real issue was that it was billed a comedy when it really wasn't as funny as we thought it should be. Well, here's an example of a movie that's not billed as a comedy that's freakin hilarious. Moral of the story: when in doubt, DON'T call your movie a comedy. Domestic dispute is not something we think about happening in a monster's life, but, evidently, demons are not immune!

I'm going to have to recommend this movie to anyone who wants a fun romp through a twisted, imaginative world. If you look closely there are details that will intrigue you, but if you just want to lay back and watch, there is an experience that will entertain you. Go ahead and check out Hellboy - it's worth the admission.