Saw it last night. Loved it for the most part. I'm glad a second film got made and I think a third could really combine the best of the first 2 films.
A FEW DISLIKES:
Hellboy Jr., was pretty annoying and downright goofy looking. I think removing the buck teeth, better prosthetics, and less of a 'yipee, gee dad' voice and he would have worked better. Kind of fun to see though in a way. Given what happens later, it would have been funny to see Brum having to do that father-son birds and bees talk with Little Red though! Hahaha.
Hellboy was a bit too red and his prosthetics look different this time around. More noticeable because they were a bit larger perhaps?
I'll agree Hellboy was kind of an ass in the movie. A little more so than his usual self but not so much that I hated him or anything. He had such charm in the first on.
Speaking of asses, Johann was definitely one of those. I certainly don't remember him being as much in the comic books, but at least near the end of the film he starts to adapt a bit more to the BPRD and his sense of humor comes through. I thought they could have used a few minutes with his back story. His gadgetry in the front of his mask was a little distracting too.
Manning's character started to show a bit of understanding at the end of the last film, especially after Hellboy saves his live, and again very slightly in the first part of 2. However, he seems to really become the buffoon again. I think you liked him better once you showed he had a decent side.
Hellboy and Liz having kids? Already? Hmmm...
The baby tossing scene...yeah, should have been on the cutting room floor.
Death of the elves. The ended up looking like sculpted butter.
Not enough of the BPRD. I want to se more of the inside. A few more unique agents and less MIB, which are fun and cheap, but we need more "freaks."
The Golden Army was cooler than I expected, and I like the puppetry stuff at the beginning, but I really would have liked to see the true badness of this goblin-crafted team.
Though I didn't like Liz as much in the first film, I thought she almost stole the show from Big Red this time around. Much better acting and better effects for her.
The designs of the world, the creatures, the sets. Del Toro, Mignola, and crew really give us some fun stuff to look at. The goblin, the Angel of Death, Wink, the entrance to the Golden Army lair, the tooth fairies, all were fantastic.
I actually like the Elemental. Definitely very Miyazaki-like, and homaged a few older and recent monster movies, but it just about took you out of the story. I think they needed to tie the elves, the forest world, and the creatures together a bit more. The little jumping been was maybe a bit too reminiscent of the Sammael creatures though.
Great score again!
The cheesy 70's style film ending...hahahaha...too funny! Not sure it was entirely appropriate, but a decent attempt. And I would agree that most of the humor in the film wasn't funny enough.
I'm sure there's more, but these are my initial thoughts.
I had to leave before the end of the credits though...did I miss something?