CONSTANTINE is a keeper: nine out of tehn!
- Just got back from Los Angeles' beautiful Egyptian Theater, home to the American
Cinematheque, where I saw an AICN presentation of CONSTANTINE.
Short verdict: amazing & impressive on all fronts. Faithful to the comics where it counted,
but stands on its own two feet. And this is from a reader who's been a major JC fan since
day one back in 1983 and a now shame-faced naysayer who hated the idea of making
Constantine a Yank. And wait till you see Peter Stormare's daringly eccentric take on The
First of the Fallen. Creepy in the best sense of the word: here is a satan who would cheat
your grandmother of her saving then gleefully molest her cats.
X-MEN and SPIDEY are in some senses "hard" to screw up, but as a horror movie crucially
dependent on tone and theme, I feel that CONSTANTINE is a more difficult project. The
director (name escapes me: past my bedtime) is definitely one to watch and I cannot wait
to see what the sequel will be like.
Alas, the end credits give "created by" props to...nobody. With AM withdrawing his name
from all movies (in this case, I think he'd be, if not pleased, then certainly not horrified),
the credit should have fallen to Bissette and maybe Veitch, who, I dimly recall, "cast" JC as
Sting. If Warner's selected a filmmaking crew as well as they did here, a SWAMP THING
movie based in AM's run could really be somethign special...
- I read this over at hollywood-elsewhere.com:
2/10/2005 08:15:23 AM
The obiter dicta (i.e., words in passing) in Brian Lowry's recently
posted Variety review of Constantine (Warner Bros., 2.18) sounds
somewhat predictable: "Pic does win a few points for style if not
substance." The opening graph, though, has a strong alliterative punch:
"Keanu Reeves' latest man-in-black fantasy is slightly better than The
Matrix sequels, which is tantamount to damnation with faint praise.
Casting its star as a chain-smoking exorcist -- someone who's literally
been to hell and back -- this adaptation of the graphic novel
"Hellblazer" blazes few new trails and bogs down in a confusing
narrative muddle. Atmospheric and noirish in the manner of a poor man's
Blade Runner, pic possesses powerful imagery but lacks feature-length
substance and will need a bountiful harvest of opening-weekend souls
before a stench resembling brimstone dowses its box office flame."
From: ctowner1@... [mailto:ctowner1@...]
Sent: 15 February 2005 15:19
Subject: Fwd: [alanmoore] CONSTANTINE is a keeper: nine out of tehn!
whoo hooo!!! Hope he's right!!! Anyone heard anything BAD yet??
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> whoo hooo!!! Hope he's right!!! Anyone heard anything BAD yet??well, I heard Keanu Reeves plays Constantine. That's BAD!
> L nny
waitin' for the parallel universe version played by Sting...
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