February 18, 2005
Looking at Constantine


Consider this the official keanuvision Constantine reaction/discussion thread. Don't click below or in the comments if you haven't seen it yet because there be spoilers.

I'm going to want to see it again this weekend (of course) but after seeing the film this Monday, I can say I really liked everything about it for the most part. I loved the look of the film and all the actors gave great performances.
Like Parsi's comments in an earlier entry...

"Saw the movie today and I was blown away. Its NOT like any other movie & I was not born yesterday so I've seen a whole lotta movies. Can't wait to see it tomorrow, & I really can't wait to have it on DVD! This movie will remain a classic for those who appreciate the genre. I expect there will be a lot of copycatting.... Keanu's performance as Constantine was perfectly INSPIRED (I have read the entire Hellblazer collection) and the rest of the cast were brilliant as well."

...I thought Keanu nailed it. The final scene with The Devil (brilliantly played by Peter Stormare) was one of his best performances ever, in my opinion.

constantine | from inside the mind of krix at February 18, 2005 11:14 PM .

OMG were Stormare & Keanu too fab or what?!? I was transfixed! Maybe I'll go to the late show tonight......

Posted by: Parsippanynj on February 18, 2005 04:20 PM

Going tomorrow night -- can't wait -- the betting at HSX is that it will not make its nut -- I think that is not a good bet -- I think it will beat the Will Smith Hitch flick -- Think I will vote often with my ----- ;)

Posted by: jude on February 18, 2005 05:52 PM

I saw the movie twice this afternoon. (Yeah, I'm obsessed.) I thought it was a fantastic movie - probably the best that Keanu has done. I really liked his hard-boiled kick-ass attitude. Plus the tons of close-ups of his brown eyes didn't hurt, either. lol If anyone doesn't like this movie, then they have lost their damn mind.


Posted by: LoveTheLefty on February 18, 2005 06:03 PM

It's got a very neat, classic look, and Keanu was excellent. He really nailed that 40s noir-detective act, and he added to it a bitter spirituality that was just great. I loved Tilda Swinton as the demented Gabriel. On the other hand I don't know how this film will do in the box-office. It's slower, darker than I expected.

Posted by: filiz on February 18, 2005 06:18 PM

Totally loved it, twisted wicked plot twists I was not ready for at all!!! Thought Keanu toatally nailed the role and can't wait to get back and see it again.....I am so freaking proud that our local paper gave it this review - Constantine
Action, SciFi
Rated R for violence and demonic images.
Running Time: 2:01

Keanu Reeves is strong as a demonhunter trying to keep Los Angeles from being overrun by Satan's minions. Director Francis Lawrence adapts DC Comics' Hellblazer series into a stylish, exciting and emotionally deep action thriller.


Posted by: tess on February 18, 2005 06:34 PM

Totally loved it, twisted wicked plot twists I was not ready for at all!!! Thought Keanu toatally nailed the role and can't wait to get back and see it again.....I am so freaking proud that our local paper gave it this review - Constantine
Action, SciFi
Rated R for violence and demonic images.
Running Time: 2:01

Keanu Reeves is strong as a demonhunter trying to keep Los Angeles from being overrun by Satan's minions. Director Francis Lawrence adapts DC Comics' Hellblazer series into a stylish, exciting and emotionally deep action thriller. oh it doesn't show that it gave it 3 1/2 stars!!!!


Posted by: tess on February 18, 2005 06:35 PM

I absolutely loved it (and I am religious, so I thought I would have problems). I can't improve on what's been said here--Keanu really nailed it and that was the first comment by both my friends when we walked out.

I don't know what the reviewers have been smoking.

I thought it was slow--but in a good way. I prefer the word "deliberate". I savored every scene! I loved the way we were allowed to watch the story unfold. Unfold I say again, rather than having a story SLAMMED INTO YOUR FACE, thankyouverymuch.

I can't wait to see it again..will definitely sneak out this weekend...although my friends already know I'm insane by the STACK of ticket stubs from Reloaded and Revolutions...

Posted by: Nudel on February 18, 2005 07:10 PM

just got back from the show, have friends over, so just poppin in to say, IT ROCKED!!

it started off a bit slow for me, ONLY, cuz i "thought" it was gonna be scary, but to me it was more of a thriller...my mistake for 'not watching the trailers or reading anything much bout the movie'..i wanted it to be totally fresh and not spoiled by the toooo much info in the trailers...anyways, i totally loved it..several funny lil tidbits ( should i take all my clothes off ? Keanu: HMMMMMMM im thinking ) haha loved that

very good movie, definately a must see

Posted by: Dawni on February 18, 2005 07:41 PM

I was lucky enough to be able to watch Constantine in Hong Kong on the 9th and I really loved Keanu's performance in the movie!

And Keanu's face filling up the whole big theatre screen... and the six pack! *drool*

My favourite scene was when Angela gets into the bath tub to go to hell and asks Constantine whether she needs to take her clothes off... there is a long pause, Constantine stares down at her... and says, he needs to think and then another long pause which then ended with Angela saying, "John! John!" and Constantine suddenly springs back to life and replies no. Awwwwww. That was cute.

I mentioned before in my journal that I wouldn't watch it again because the demons really creep me out. LOL! It’s been more than a week since I watched the movie now and some how I've changed my mind and I really want to go see it again in the weekend!

Posted by: dazzlestar on February 18, 2005 08:02 PM

I saw it last Wednesday over here. I really, really enjoyed the film. Even my brother who's sort of a movie buff loved it, f@ck the critics.

Posted by: jeanna on February 18, 2005 10:20 PM

I just got back from the really, really, REALLY late showing of Constantine...I LOVED it! Keanu was great as JC, definitely a dark antihero to love. I liked the entire cast, but aside from Keanu, Shia was my favorite...and I stayed for the credits too ;-)

...yep, I too couldn’t help but notice those deep brown eyes on that big screen either wow!

Posted by: lizzie on February 19, 2005 01:35 AM

He might have had a better performance than this in some other movie, but if he did, I can't remember it right now. The scene where he's pretending to send Balthazar to heaven by reading the rites is just amazing. I was nailed to my chair. Holy shot gun!

I also loved the moments before the bathtub scene. :)

Awesome movie. I need to see it again.

Posted by: Zen on February 19, 2005 06:52 AM

Do it, Zenny!
After having seen it three times with different people
I must say the audience's reaction to it was always positive...
It's always in the eyes of the beholder, isn't it? ;-)

Posted by: Niobe on February 19, 2005 07:35 AM

You can vote to show support for Constantine at HotList.MSNBC.com; let's get "Loved It" numbers up! Thanks, all!

Posted by: te-ke on February 19, 2005 10:00 AM

They had me hooked 3/4 of the way through...then they lost me. Didn't care for the ending. But who cares, HE was awesome.

Posted by: justJENN on February 19, 2005 10:14 AM

I hated the gum. John Constantine should have lit up.

Posted by: krix on February 19, 2005 11:07 AM

We went to a matinee time so the theater wasn't full (just the I like it really) but the audience reaction was very positive. Several people were laughing out loud at the funny parts. I thought the movie was totally killer but too short. There were a few details I would have loved to see explained in more detail. And I agree it's one of Keanu's best performances. He's like a fine wine.

Posted by: doah64 on February 19, 2005 11:32 AM

I loved the ending. And I love the gum, it so totally caught me by surprise. I was sure he was going to light up. But then, that would mean his whole attitude toward his fate, before the devil changed it around for him, didn't really run that deep. It does make the prospect of a sequel a little less interesting though. The whole "he's out of time" angle is kind of shot. And I really want to see Keanu be John Constantine again.

Posted by: Zen on February 19, 2005 11:48 AM

aw, krix I loved the gum. Thought it was hilarious. And ya know, I'm sure Satan at least is counting on him ruining his life again somehow with the extra time he's been given.

Do you really think JC is going to be able to give up the smokes? I don't.

I'd love to see another JC film, but I too was having difficulty trying to figure out a good story without the "time's running out" angle, as Zenny says.

Posted by: Nudel on February 19, 2005 01:06 PM

Yes - the gum, made him look weak. He should have said F* it and smoked. Better movie.

Posted by: justJENN on February 19, 2005 01:58 PM

Yes, the gum was much too wholesome for that character. And why exactly would he want to prolong his life anyway? He's seen heaven and he's seen hell and he's just turned his life around so that he's eligible for heaven--if I were him I'd continue smoking like a chimney.

Posted by: filiz on February 19, 2005 02:16 PM

Saw it. Enjoyed it. Loved the visuals. Keanu was great of course (especially loved the scene where he's holding the bible and quoting scripture) But to get to the whole "gum" issue & sequel issue, that's being discussed.
Didn't Satan remove JC's lung cancer?? So, wouldn't his life be prolonged now? Also, I thought he got a "second" chance by doing a "selfless" act. So, he's got a shot at going to heaven now? I agree that in the comics/graphic novels JC would just smoke and say screw it, but as Keanu likes his character to have a redemptive quality, that apparently wasn't going to be. If he was going to play the part that is. (According to the interviews I've read of his lately-that's just what interests him more nowadays). Plus, this is a "Hollywood" movie version of Constantine, not a direct adaptation (as I know you all know). :) And then if you stayed after the credits you saw...
Shia's character become an angel, so maybe he'd have help from Chaz in the sequel (to assure him a place in heaven)? Or maybe Chas would come back with powers to see the things that JC could see. Or maybe Chas could come back with even MORE powers/abilities than JC. I don't know, I'm grasping at straws probably.
I've only seen it once, so maybe I've missed a few things? I guess I'll just have to see it again. Oh darn. :)

Posted by: Judee on February 19, 2005 03:50 PM

Saw it. LIked it. Good story. Great acting all around. Lots of laughs. Depth, but with a very subtle approach. Good editing. No gratuitous gore. Overflowing with symbolism. Aesthetically pleasing. A visual poem. THUMBS UP!

Posted by: Lori L on February 19, 2005 03:51 PM

saw it twice today, and i'll probably go again tomorrow. i needed a good keanu immersion today, i guess. wondrous visuals, excellent character development, beautiful people, and i just BET that gum was Nicorette (or whatever you call it). i must say i loved the gum, as it was totally unexpected, and i don't think it showed weakness at all. it showed us that Constantine has indeed learned something about his life and his worth, and that maybe just maybe he could be falling in love. and leaving the lighter on Chas's headstone was a nice touch, as well.

Posted by: lori on February 19, 2005 05:35 PM

I just got home after seeing this movie and -- DAMN, I loved it! Local paper trashed it and I left the theater wondering what other movie the nitwit critic had watched, because it sure couldn't have been the one I just enjoyed.

I laughed out loud when he popped the gum in his mouth at the end, because I was fully expecting him to light up. Thought it was a lovely touch.

Posted by: JeezLouise on February 19, 2005 06:36 PM

I don't know if it's just US critics, but critics over here in Malaysia loved it. Unanimously I might add. But we in Asia always did have more of an appreciation for Keanu's movies than the general US public does.

Posted by: Mercy on February 19, 2005 07:01 PM

US critics reactions against Keanu always keep me guessing... it not this way in other countries, and it's pretty obvious for the reactions of the movie going public that Constantine will be a success. OK, it was about 50/50 in positive and negative reviews, but some of them trashed Keanu in a very ridiculous way. Hitch is a very average movie, cheesy in every minute, Will Smith plays, well, Will Smith, and critics love! What the hell?!

Posted by: Ale on February 19, 2005 07:48 PM

Frankly, I can see a critic attacking this movie for any number of reasons. Parts of it left me very confused, and please no one kill me but I felt (very personal, subjective opinion here) that it could have been much better edited and written.

Keanu, though, was great. He nailed that character. His Constantine did not in any way, shape or form resemble his Neo; he had a great understated sense of humor, he was really, really good. And, as usual, so few critics noticed it. With a few exceptions they either bashed the guy or ignored him.

Very annoying!

Posted by: filiz on February 19, 2005 09:51 PM

Saw it at an afternoon matinee yesterday and I LOVED IT!!! I stayed to see the after-credit part because we started discussing the movie and were slow to leave. We were walking up the aisle and it started up again. A nice surprise.

Was the movie slow? I didn't notice. I was engaged throughout the movie. And I was impressed by ALL the performances. Well done! And those close ups ... heavenly! :) And they didn't cover up the scar ... Mmmmm

I really liked the gum. At first it did seem a little weak, but I think it has a deeper significance than lighting up would have. It shows that Constantine is a changed man, that he has hope for his future. A second chance that he's not gonna blow by repeating his mistakes.

The thing I liked the most is how he got the devil down to earth. I thought that was ingenious. You are led to think he is just being weak to avoid the suffering (which would have been totally out of character) and then you see the plan. Loved it!

I was a little disappointed by the very small number of people in the audience on the movie's opening weekend, but I'm hoping it is because of the venue I chose and that it was in the afternoon.

Posted by: sta-cie on February 20, 2005 07:08 AM

Oh yeah ... also saw the preview for A Scanner Darkly!!! Yay!

Posted by: sta-cie on February 20, 2005 12:23 PM

To make it short: This film is exactly what cinema is for: Entertainment!

They worked out the 'holy' Hellblazer story in a way it couldn't done much better. I knew the comics before and yes, I was a bit pi..ed off because of LA (not London) about the dark hair (not blonde) of Constantine. Those were just some special characteristicas of Hellblazer a fan will not miss at all. But I can speak for myself, it made no huge difference to me while watching the movie. I didn't noticed these changes anymore – what means nothing else than 'good done'.

Loved the way the movie is photographed. Just the camera's position when Constantine leaves the cab for the first time. Great!

Hm, the only thing I wasn't too much impressed about is Mrs. Weisz. Sorry, but she made me not believe that she felt kind of guilty because of her sisters dead and for me she missed a lot of other important scenes. But she's still a cute one.

For all the other actors: thumb up!

Regarding all these stereotype Keanu-critics (I personally would be so bored if I would repeat myself in my critics again and again...seems like they don't have any demands in their own work) I know from now on how they're doing it: 'Oh, Keanu Reeves plays in this film? Where is my 'I-have-to-diss-him'-textmodul I saved for all times on my comp?'

That's all. No quality. Guess, some had not seen the movie at all. It's just a textmodul in MS Office. Woah!

Posted by: creezy on February 20, 2005 01:50 PM

yes. i heart you forever! yes more than ever!
you need me i'm aa 10!
i know i know...
i'm late in posting... but i havea good please pleaseexcusuise me!

i'hve been travleing in la with our english freind nettie! but she went back home today so i can have my computer back!!! kidding! *yay!nettie!!!!*
we saw constantine... becky and vibe merchants.... delt with rain, la traffic... crawling through windows, wrong tv channels, wrong coast times...going to our first real live premiere...a hem... .... and somefan girl squealing late late shows andsome more fan girl squealing early shows!!!! i planaammmm sooooooo behind you!
sooo.... here goes!

I've seen constantine 3 times so far....
each time i've seen soemthing or learned something new... it's a running theme for me with keanu movies...

actually i live for those close ups of keanu's face and eyes...he is sooo very expressive with the camera...the camera lovesloves loves loves him... it's as if he is actually coming rthrough, to me, the lens... his words (or i mean his characters words...) and expressions and actions...he has every fiber and molecule of his totally georgous bod at his beck and call, even his hair...i am aroused by his presence part an d parcel whole and wholesome... he really reaches me like this... and more more...
oh... and for the medium shots...
oh and for the long shots.... omg.... him standing in his apt by the window... by the table by the bathtub (ohhhhhhhhhhh111!!!!!! the bathroom) but i really love themovie i really love the standing close side by side scenes, i really love... the movie... (iv'e been wanting to say 'i'm in camp keanu' for along time now.... hmmmmmmm) he's chocolateandvanilla he's got my cinnamon... and i love cinnamon toast!)

first was on valentines day... at the egyptian and was thouroughly impressed....(although i feel sooo much better now.. i was still too shy to give francis lawrence the rose and valentine 'bag of chocolate gold' (holy shotgun home made truffles, pumpkingcake with chocolateswirledin it, and yer basic truffle brownies), i made for us friends in line...i could probably do it now!) as i expected to be.... overall i felt the style was made to be an audience pleaser...i really liked the way the story came together and wasn't really sure what to totally expect...i understand more the comic book style of filmmaking... after seeing the 18 minute montage presented at comic con last summer, i'm thinkin that the full finished film stayed true to that...

and after keanu's years portryaing neo, i'm sure an intense life experience, i was kind of thinking that we might see some trace of that character in his JC performance... mais non mon chere.... he was all JC.... spiritual warrior... channel for the higher light...master of the path of knowledge which iswaht the (how do i know this.... well... he was/is the one weilding that kick ass holy shotgun.... and he wooksgood drenched and dripping in that holywater!)

the chenmistry between keanu and rachel is apsolytely palpable in the air.... john...
they are both really sexy people yet that was expertly integrated into the story...

ok... i've typed too much again... but one last thought....
the critics will always be the critics...that's what they get paid for....
however, every single person i spoke with, and i spoke to people at each showing....said they really liked it and were interested in keanu, the character, andthe subject of the film...
it's having yercake and thefrosting on it 2!

Posted by: wanda on February 20, 2005 02:08 PM

I loved it, loved it, loved it!! Saw it twice this weekend, plan to go again next weekend. I already can't wait for the dvd!! I don't think I've ever been so concentrated on something so much that it made my eyes hurt, LOL! I was so involved and sucked in I don't think I ever blinked, LOL! I didn't think it was as scary as the previews made it out to be, but then I made the comment afterwards that the plot is so engrossing that you sort of forget about the freaky deaky stuff, infact I was never scared at all. I thought the demons were a bit corny looking, but I did stop and tell myself that it's a take from a comic and that's what comics carry, so I'm fine with it. The makeup and CGI on Gavin Rossdale was brilliant! I never really realized, until now, how incredible Keanu is at acting out pain. His cries at certain parts during the film blew me away, as if it was really happening to him. I was very impressed with that. And you can really tell he's an incredible actor because you see how much his character sort of changes his attitude once he realizes he is interested in Angela. It's almost as if Angela's character had a hand in saving him. You can see the chemistry brewing and you can tell he wants to sample it, but obviously has things to take care of first. And he does an exorcism exceptionally well! Love the way he straddles and holds the possessed girl. Rachel does a wonderful job, her emotional breakdowns were very much believable and her accent was good, you forget she is British. Loved her acting after she experienced hell from the bathtub. I think Keanu is phenomenal at the way he acts with his hands. Loved the part where Constantine and Chaz are extracting the demon from Angela, loved the way Keanu acted with his hands. Here are some of my comments:
- First off, I'm very glad I read the book because it explained a lot, especially the bits in Mexico, otherwise I probably would have been sitting there going "wtf?"
- My favorite part was the part where Chaz and Constantine come together to exorcise Angela. Thought the physical acting in that moment was spectacular! And I LOVED when he held her head after he was finished and she sort of looked at him like he was an angel, the moment the two of them share at that moment made my heart flutter. Sigh....
- I loved the bathroom moment when Constantine had to think about Angela keeping her clothes on or not when she asked "Do I need to take the rest of my clothes off or leave them on?" He looks her up and down with a smerk and says "I'm thinking..." That was in the book and definately a moment I couldn't wait to see how he played out. Loved the smerk on his face as if he was about to break character. Did anyone else notice the rubber ducky on Constantine's tub? LOL!
- Loved when Constantine says "that was a 200 dollar shirt by the way" after Midnight burned him.
- The moment when John asks for a little attention broke my heart. I just wanted to wrap him up and hold him. And the acting in that moment was so heartrenching!
- For some reason I teared up pretty good when Constantine was in the doctor's office. I sympathized with him like no other. It wasn't even that big of a scene and I'm sitting there blubbering, LOL!
- I loved how the makeup made him look like he was sick and worn out, especially around the eyes, dark circles, you could tell the character was suffering from something, however he still looked yummy as all get out, and then at the very end after the cancer was extracted from him, you could see how exquisit and dreamy he looked on the rooftop and had the color of someone who was healthy. And booooyyyy did he look good on that rooftop!
- LOVED the end when Constantine places a piece of gum in his mouth rather than a cigarette, wish Keanu would do that in real life. ;-) I worry about his lungs so much, especially after he did this film. I really want him to go have a PET scan, just for peace of mind, LOL!
- I really liked the three moments in the film when you are teased thinking Constantine and Angela are going to kiss, but they don't. But I really wanted them to!
- How hot was he smoking out on his balcony!!? THUD!
- It was pretty much the same as the book minus a few moments between Angela and Constantine that I really wanted to see but didn't. And the ending with Chaz is different. However, the clip at the end of the credits explains the book part of Chaz better. And they totally deleted Ellie out.
- Previews make it more scary than it actually is, a lot of people have told me they felt the same thing.
- Demographics: The first showing I went to was a 7pm showing on Friday and the theater wasn't very packed and that worries me. I so want this to be huge at the box office so they'll do a sequel. However, it was filled with a mixed audience. Anywhere from 18-70 I would say. A lot of middle aged couples.
Lots of men. However I did see a lot of late teen girls. So, it pretty much attracts everyone I think. The second showing was on Saturday morning and it was just me and my friend and about 5 single men scattered througout the theater.
- Chaz was not in this movie enough.
- Totally notice how everytime Keanu and Rachel are in a movie together, he's giving her a bath?! LOL! LOVE IT!
- I don't want to compare this to the Matrix, but I did notice CGI moments. Example, bullet time. The devil walking while Gabriele is paused holding the spear of destiny before she goes to stab Angela's stomach.
- Loved how Constantine flipped the devil off as he was rising, LOL!

Posted by: Jena on February 20, 2005 03:03 PM

Talked to a couple young guys who saw the movie over the weekend. They couldn't stop raving about it!

Posted by: lizzie on February 20, 2005 06:08 PM

Hi! New to posting here, but definitely not new to Keanu! Went to see it on Saturday--LOVED it!

I went to see a 1:15 matinee show. I like going to movies by myself and when it's less crowded to I can pay attention to the story without someone asking me "What did he just say?/What's gonna happen?" every two seconds LOL But I was concerned by the lack of people in the audience. I think there might have been about 20 of folks in the theater. Our local papers gave this good reviews, so I don't know what kept folks away..maybe there were more folks at the later showings, I dunno.
Keanu was brilliant,as were Tilda Swinton, Peter Stomare, and the 'finger-lickin' good' Gavin Rossdale. The story held my interest, people chuckled at all the right times--so I really don't get some of the negative reviews. Eye of the beholder and all that, I guess. I was suprised to see "Hitch" still at the top of the box office--I love Will Smith and, while the movie looks pretty funny, I was never in a rush to put "Hitch" on my must see list. I was suprised that "Constantine" was not gory and did not have exceptionally bad language--some films rate PG 13 would have had this and more. I guess the R rating was for "satanic" images, but I saw it more as a supernatural detective story.

Posted by: Niki on February 21, 2005 05:01 AM

Just to tell you how stupid critics are. I started to read a Keanu-bashing review from The Tennesseean newspaper. The critic said that Keanu's acting was so bad in the movie that he wasn't even a convincing smoker. Hello --- I believe Keanu does know how to smoke because he does it every f*cking day! It amazes me the extent that critics go to rip Keanu.

Posted by: LoveTheLefty on February 21, 2005 08:20 AM

LTL, please tell me you fired off an email to that asshat... And you might send him a copy of the positive review from salon.com that's up at club keanu while you're at it..

Posted by: nudel on February 21, 2005 12:46 PM

Saw it again. Holds up to multiple viewings! I agree that Gavin's ('finger licking good') portrayal is perfect, as is everyone in this film (Lu was unexpected and right-on, down to his preference for wearing white....and was that tar on his feet? from La Brea, perhaps?). Saw it the second time in a completely different neighborhood (racially, socio-economically) and both audiences seemed to really like it! They laughed in the right places, gasped, and paid attention. And...I'd like to add that Keanu in this role is perfect, absolutely subtle and knowing and weary and everything the character should be. Reminded me of Humphrey Bogart....with a little Harrison Ford cheekiness thrown in. A really great film. A work of art. If it doesn't do well in the theatres, it will once it hits home video I'm sure! ....and I definitely feel a sequel coming on.

Posted by: Lori L on February 21, 2005 01:13 PM

aawww, come on guys, I didn't think the gum made him look weak. I thought it made him look like he was beginning to have faith and look at the world a different way. I think Angela's character also saved him in a way. I think his feelings toward her helped his sacrifice for his sister.
And maybe it's just the romantic in me that I see it this way, but I totally loved the gum!

Posted by: Jena on February 21, 2005 02:12 PM

Froodian slip, Jena? "his sacrifice for his sister" *wink*

Can someone please explain to me what was going on between Constantine & Father Hennessy after JC exorcised the soldier demon? What was the amulet all about? Why did JC make FH take it off?

Do I need to buy the novelisation?

Can I dream that the sequel will have a better script? (don't get me wrong I love this movie, but on a second viewing I really could wish the story made a little more sense. I loved all the secondary characters and hope that we see more of, for example, Papa Midnite...)

Posted by: nudel on February 21, 2005 02:28 PM

I've read the novelization and according to that, John was asking FH do do some psychic snooping for him. The amulet blocked the psychic signals and also protected FH from psychic suggestions, so he got FH to take it off so that he could read the signals better. That's also why he wanted Angela to wear it, to protect her from psychic suggestions.

Posted by: annie on February 21, 2005 02:51 PM

This is from Box office MoJo (below) -- When we went there were lines and great audience response -- saw it again at a matinee today and there was applause -- looks like the critics underestimated Keanu's power again --

I enjoyed it alot -- enough to see it again -- it totally captured a '40s film noir feeling -- was it faithful to the comic?? Probably not -- but it was a kick ass piece of entertainment.

It seemed to attract a fairly broad demographic -which pleased me -- don't know if I would be all that interested in seeing a sequel -- but I would like to see what they could do with "Satan's son" --

"Starring Keanu Reeves as a chain-smoking paranormal detective between heaven and hell, Constantine exorcised an estimated $29.7 million from 3,006 locations, beating the openings of fellow demonic comic book adaptations Hellboy and Spawn, and, in unadjusted gross, the debut of the original Matrix six years ago. According to distributor Warner Bros.' exit polling, the audience was 56 percent male and evenly split between those over and under age 25."

It goes on to say that the estimated gross for the weekend was $46.5+/- -- not to shabby -- I think the overseas gross will make it a mega money maker --

Posted by: jude on February 21, 2005 03:35 PM

thanks, annie, that makes perfect sense. I understood about the psychic snooping, I just didn't get what the amulet *did*. Now that I do, alles klar.

Posted by: Nudel on February 21, 2005 03:50 PM

i've seen it 3 times now, and each time i see/hear something new. also, different characters strike me more strongly on different viewings. today i was blown away by Midnite more than in previous viewings, and also by Gabriel in full warrior angel garb. and lordy lordy, when JC takes off that overcoat, what a lovely bottom he shows us (sorry, but those scenes in his apartment with Angela nearly killed me today!). must...have....more...Constantine!

Posted by: lori on February 21, 2005 09:06 PM

I heard about the possibility of a sequel, too. I think that since they will have less to set up (not that they did a great job setting much up in this movie) the plot for the sequel might just be a bit more linear? More comprehensible, perhaps? Damn, I hope so.
And I thought Keanu did a great noir detective. Bless him, he could hold up his head with the likes of Bogie.

Posted by: filiz on February 22, 2005 06:50 AM

...and that 50 foot Keanu *swoon*...it was like he was right there in the theater.

Posted by: lizzie on February 22, 2005 09:00 AM

Went to see on opening day and I loved it!

Keanu was great in this one, he was funny the audience laughed in all the right places, yet he portrayed a jerk very well, was funny everytime his lips got close to Rachels she looked like she expected him to kiss her and he never did!
Too funny. : )

I was happy to see a full theatre too, people of all ages, men and women it was great.

Loved the ending...plan on seeing it again!

Posted by: chabella on February 22, 2005 08:44 PM

Eh. I fell asleep.

It was ok, the effects were fun. The story was so-so. I kept wanting to smack Keanu for that slowed-down voice he was affecting. Dude, please! All in all, not as sucky as I expected, but sure not any great shakes.

And what happened to that demon he was supposed to fuck?

Posted by: Stomper on February 23, 2005 12:20 AM

He was supposed to be fucking a demon? Why, oh why did they cut that scene out? They included any number of scenes that made no sense and connected nowhere, so why not that one? Damn! Damn!! How inconsiderate could they get?!!

Posted by: filiz on February 23, 2005 11:06 AM

Well, after all is said and done....we (whole family) totally loved it...just the way it is...of course we might have enjoyed a little hanky-panky (!) with a half-breed or Rachel (bless her) but actually it was so well conceived and executed we have no complaints...now they are saying there WILL BE a sequel...so there will be plenty of time (hopefully) for a little romancing of the beautiful and talented Rachel!!! Two thumbs up from this family...go Lawrence (with your vision) and go Keanu with your incredible talent...etc,etc. etc....rave reviews!!!!! from a group of people who have actually read the Hellblazer graphic novels:-)

Posted by: PsympleMind on February 23, 2005 04:11 PM

despite another joke that was marinated for months in advance, right in time for valentines day, and my inability focus with a cramp in my stomach from tension.

i found the movie to be interesting and i was intrigued with the plot, the story held my attention. i actually enjoyed the movie. i didn't know what to expect but the movie surprised me with excellent special effects and deep lines. the actors and actresses did a marvelous portrayal. Wonderful.

Posted by: Sure on February 24, 2005 06:51 PM
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