Posted on 3/09/05 05:56 PM
This is going to just be a short bit on constantine, the parts that rocked, the parts that well...didnt. Constantine was based on a DC comic book entitled HellBlazer. Its a great comic book, but the movie fell a little short of its pen and ink roots.
Now, its in the casting of neo that i have the most issues. I should have seen it from the instant they began production of a constantine movie. im sure this is how the movie pitch went "we need an actor that can play a hero against evil, unstoppable creatues that are out to use us for their own enjoyment. now who do we know who can play that?" In the comic book John Constantine is English, and is blond, very blond. Now i have nothing against Neo in general but he does tend to plod his way through all his movies with the exact same expression and his wispy, tough guy voice. Actually i do have one thing against him, HE NEEDS TO GET A TAN. In every movie ive seen him hes transparent.
The movie itself is very cool, very stylish. The half breeds, on both sides are seamless in transition from human to otherworlder. The representation of hell as an apocalyptic version of the real world was nothing short of amazing.
The plot missed in a couple of places. Sometimes i felt i was missing something vitally important (maybe it was there and Neo just mumbled his way through it).
The characters were cool too. Gabriel is awesome, and Gavin Rossdale as Balthazar was great. As far as action goes, nothing incredible choreagraphically but the fight between constantine and Balthazar is great stuff (and the holy brass knuckles kick a lot of ass). Thats about everything i can think to say on constantine right now. It gets a 8 from me, and if you dont like my thoughts then you can go F***K yourself.