Last night Jim and I went to see Constantine. I couldn't believe how packed the theater was, or how much excitement was evident there. People were psyched to see this movie! As we watched the previews, there was a lot of buzz for Sin City and Batman Begins. I thought both looked amazing, but especially got a chill up my spine watching Sin City. Holy Crap that is going to be incredible!
Before assessing the movie, let me begin by saying that I had no false illusions that Keanu Reeves would be portraying the naughty British John Constantine that I love to read about so much. This, and the fact I have thought Keanu is hot since Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure helped me get past the inner vision problem I thought I might have.
Honest opinion- I really enjoyed it. The special effects and the cast were great. Visually it was a treat from start to finish. I especially liked the starker aspects of the movie that allowed us to notice that Keanu, crows feet and all, is over 40.
Gavin Rossdale chewed scenery as Balthazar, but in a cool, sexy way. Rachel Weisz was a revelation as Detective Angela Dodson. My other favorites were Tilda Swinton as Gabriel and Peter Stormare as Lucifer. To further deepen the cast's talent, Djimon Hounsou was the perfect Papa Midnite. Finally, Shia LaBeouf was a scene stealer as Constantine's friend Chas.
I liked the story, and the special effects that realized the deeper aspects gelled well. It wasn't overdone, which in itself is an achievement. The biggest thing I missed was the fact that John Constantine wasn't British. I also would have liked Chas to have been a bit older. Otherwise, I just relaxed and enjoyed the show.
The capper to me that the movie was worth the price of admission was that both my husband and our friend were interested to see or read more about the character after seeing the film. I hadn't seen that kind of reaction with most other comic book movies we had seen, so to me that is a mark that the film is generating genuine interest.
Has anyone else seen it? Any reactions?