Constantine

Warner Bros. Pictures presents a film directed by Francis Lawrence. Written by Kevin Brodbin and Frank Cappello, based on characters from the Hellblazer graphic novels. Running time: 120 minutes. Rated R (for violence and demonic images).

 

I return to you now with this, another comic book movie that is less than impressive. Entertaining yes. Impressive no.

 

It was dark and moody, but the problem with this film is, one, the script, two I haven’t seen it in over a month so I’m a little hazy on the details. I do remember that this film showed moments of promise, but ultimately went no where. Well not no where really, but hell. I mean hell, this movie went straight to hell. Hell, man, it looked windy. That hot wind that messes up your hair and makes you sweat. Didn’t look like any fun and I suppose that did well to set up the fact that Constantine didn’t want to spend eternity there.

 

The premise for this story is great, so I’ll focus in on that. It’s about a guy who attempted suicide way back when (if I’m remembering correctly) and now for that sin he is doomed to go to hell when he dies, so with his new found clarity he vanquishes demons back to hell in hopes of getting in good with the good God and maybe getting himself a pass into heaven. Sounds good, but the story that was written for the movie was so double jointed it hurt.

 

Story telling is such a delicate process. Even with the finest story in mind a writer can ruin everything with a few poorly calculated scenes that do nothing to tell you about what’s interesting about the story.

 

Alright that review sucked…eight more and I’m caught up. Lets hope they get better.

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~ by fumikaelson on April 11, 2005.

One Response to “Constantine”

  1. Better than that review? I am not sure it is possible. You might have reached your peak. Did you even mention Rachael in that blog?

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