After much badgering by Co-host
, I finally went back and rented the 2005 film Constantine
and watched it again. Apparently, he felt that my original 'rental'
rating of the film was 'totally gay'
and required re-thinking or at least a baseball bat enema. Now while I usually put more stock in my homemade chicken soup than in Co-host
's bizarre and often borderline offensive opinions, he wasn't the first who accused me of being too hard on the film.
You see, I'm a hard core fan of the comic on which the film was based, Hellblazer
. One of the finest and darkest stories in comic book land, the tragic and cruel journey of the deeply flawed anti-hero John Constantine
is a fascinating one. He has a complexity to him, a studied exploration of the dark side inside us all that is unlike almost anything else ever written in comics. So, I felt almost immediately that Keanu Reeves
was gonna be the wrong choice to play him. Not to mention John is English. Like, essential to his character, REALLY REALLY
English. Anyone who ever saw Keanu in Bram Stoker's Dracula
knows that this is a bad match up.
Thankfully, Keanu chose to forgo the accent, and all things considered, even with the weird mashed-up script they had, he didn't do too bad a job...although I never for a moment felt he was the John Constantine
I know. He was more of a sort of bitter Neo
aftershock; a Neo
from a parallel universe that lost his war and wanders around the ruins of civilization.
Fast-forward to now...the slowly growing fan base for the film, as well as the original film's director Francis Lawrence
, has been ranting and raving about wanting a Constantine 2
. Mr Reeves has made clear that if it happens, it ain't gonna be with him. All I can say is...eh.
I'd personally love to see another Constantine
film, done with more care and adherence to the original character with perhaps an actual Englishman
in the role. I don't have the hate-on for Keanu that lots seem to, but this really was a case of preposterously bad casting. Keanu ain't gonna be in 2009's Point Break 2
either. No more sequels for Captain Whoa.
Can't blame him really after the reception to the Matrix
2 and 3.
To bring this full circle, I still give a big rental 'meh'
to the film Constantine
. What good ideas are in the film are pathetic shadows of the brilliant source material. It's just a badly CG-animated reminder of how rarely Hollywood gets these translations right. But I always have hope and I say try again. Make another one. Start afresh. If they can do it with The Hulk
, than certainly John Constantine
deserves another shake.