Friday, April 13, 2012

50 Most Hated Movies of all Time - #41 - Constantine

Well, I think this one is pretty straight forward.  It's pretty obvious that everyone out there is a huge John Constantine fan from the comics and they were appalled that he was played by Keanu Reeves, an American, when everyone knows that John Constantine is British.  I mean seriously, they tried that crap before with Kevin Costner in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and we all know how that turned out, hell, they made fun of that very thing in the Mel Brooks spoof...

I'm sorry?...what's that? didn't know John Constantine was British?  Oh well, that's okay, you probably haven't gotten around to reading Saga of the Swamp Thing, which is where he first appeared.  That's cool, you're probably reading a million comics right now.

What's that?...I'm sorry?, you didn't know he first appeared in Saga of the Swamp Thing.  Did you know that his series is called Hellblazer?  Uh-huh.  So, did you know anything about this character before the movie?  Did you even know he was a pre-existing comic book character? you didn't.  Why exactly did you hate this movie again?  Oh you, don`t like Keanu Reeves.  Keanu Reeves of the Bill and Ted`s franchise, Speed and the Matrix films, all of which were enormous hits.   Was he really that bad?  I mean, if you don't even know the character, how can you say he was bad for the part?  Just because you don't like him?  He was perfectly fine in the Matrix, though?

I don't get the hate for this movie unless you are a die-hard John Constantine fan.  This movie has nice effects, it has a good storyline, it has thrills, you're not quite sure how it's all going to turn out, there's mystery...if you are into occult stuff or the supernatural or lore, then this movie is for you.  Yes, Keanu Reeves is not John Constantine, but until recently, I knew little about the character and I'm thinking unless you're dying over the character, there's little for you to bitch about. 

Rating: Worth the hate?  Only if you love the comic John Constantine.

- Stephenstein

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