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Constantine is a movie based on the Hellblazer comic, in which they took a character based (physically) on Sting, moved the setting from London to LA, and inexplicably cast Keanu Reeves in the title role.

Which is, needless to say, a little strange. I've heard all kinds of nerd rage about that, but as I never read the comics, it doesn't much faze me. I mean, it's insulting that the studio didn't think that we could handle a movie about a British mage, but whatevs.

The movie is cool and nicely atmospheric. There are some nifty shots of supernatural shit, including a demon made of bugs. The opening exorcism scene is pretty awesome, and I like how Constantine is established enough that he's got people he can call up and a network of informants. What I'm not crazy about is how they all die - seriously, the only secondary character we meet that doesn't die is Papa Midnight (who's pretty darned cool, admittedly).

The supplementary casting is spot on, including a couple of folks who went on to win Oscars (that'd be Tilda Swinton and Rachel Weisz). Shia LeBeef is fun as Keanu's sidekick (who dies), and we get cameos from Max Baker as a occult goods provider (who dies) and Pruitt Vince as an alcoholic psychic priest (who dies). I think the script didn't have to go all "fuck it, kill everyone", but the plot isn't totally cheesy and Tilda looks amazing as Gabriel in an outfit made of straightjackets at the end.

There's nothing particularly challenging here. Maybe if I were a devout Catholic, there'd be something that would make me uncomfortable, but the real conflict in Constantine's life is that he killed himself when he was a kid, so now he's damned to Hell. I'm sure some Christian somewhere tried to do some god apologia, but I dunno. Sounds the kind of dickish thing a god would do.

My Grade: B
Rewatch Value: Medium-high

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