Anonymous Coward writes,
Thanks To A Friend Of Mine, I Got To Go See An
Advanced Preview Of Constantine. I Thought I’d Share
My Thoughts With You Guys.
Note that this
review is anonymous, so it is a bit hard to confirm
that it actually was a person at a screening. (The
Alexius-like capitalizations are only in that first
portion.) The full review is below.


Title: Constantine

Cast, Crew, and Other Info:

Director: Francis
Lawrence

Writers:Jamie
Delano
, and Garth
Ennis

Features:

Keanu
Reeves
…. John Constantine

Rachel
Weisz
…. Angela Dodson/Isabel Dodson

Shia
LaBeouf
…. Chas Chandler

Djimon
Hounsou
…. Midnite

Max
Baker
…. Beeman

Pruitt
Taylor Vince
…. Father Hennessy

Gavin
McGregor Rossdale
…. Balthazar (as Gavin
Rossdale)

Tilda
Swinton
…. Gabriel

Peter
Stormare
…. Lucifer

Premise:

Based on the DC/Vertigo comic book
Hellblazer and written by Kevin Brodbin,
Mark Bomback and Frank Capello, Constantine tells the
story of irreverent supernatural detective John
Constantine (Keanu Reeves), who has literally been to
hell and back. When Constantine teams up with
sceptical policewoman Angela Dodson (Rachel Weisz) to
solve the mysterious suicide of her twin sister (also
played by Weisz), their investigation takes them
through the world of demons and angels that exists
just beneath the landscape of contemporary Los
Angeles. Caught in a catastrophic series of
otherworldly events, the two become inextricably
involved and seek to find their own peace at whatever
cost.

High Point:

Constantine’s threat to Balthazar, or his farewell to
Lucifer.

Low Point:

Either the portrayal of Lucifer, which was good, just
not what I expected, or the ‘soldiers of hell’, who
looked like Gollum after a shotgun blast.

The Scores:

Originality: 2/6 I haven’t read the comics, but even
so, this wasn’t much that was new. Heaven and Hell,
with all the assorted characters from the Christian
Mythos, are fighting right in front of us, end of the
world hangs in the balance. Dogma
and End of
Days
were both mentioned when we discussed what
the movie reminded us of.

Effects: 4/6 Nothing new in terms of special
effects, but what they had looked good. They had a
few bullet-time type shots, which looked good. My
biggest complaint on this front would be my low
point.

Story: 4/6 The story was good, and was told well,
not revealing too much too soon, nor delaying any of
the answers needlessly. I’m still not sure I
understood how everything fit in, but I’d want to see
it again to make sure it wasn’t just me missing
details.

Acting: 3/6. Keanu was Keanu. Everyone else came
off a little bored or disinterested.

Production: 5/6. Everything came together very
well, with dark scenes being dark, and everything
explaining what we needed to know.

Emotional Response: 3/6 I laughed where
appropriate, and felt awe and/or dread, but in
general, I didn’t really like any characters, or care
if they ended up surviving or not.

Overall: 5/6. I enjoyed this movie, and I plan on
going to see it again.

In total, Constantine receives 26/42.