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Month of Superhero Film Reviews 2: Constantine

Howdy people of the north, south, east and west, and welcome to Day #15 of Month of Superhero Film Reviews 2! During this month I’ll be reviewing of some of the best, average and worst comic book adapted films. Now that we’ve reached the halfway point I wanted to review a film that has been on the list for while which is the 2005 film version of Constantine.

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This is one of those films I never knew much about upon its initial release, it wasn’t until my late teens that I found out what it was and how it was based on a comic book series. I’ve been meaning to watch this for years but just never had the time or interest to sit down and give it a watch. So with the TV show from last year being cancelled recently it feels like a convenient yet perfect time to talk about this film adaptation from 10 years ago.

The story can be summed up as the following:

“John Constantine is a cynic with the ability to perceive and communicate with half-angels and half-demons in their true form. He seeks salvation from eternal damnation in Hell for a suicide attempt in his youth. Constantine exorcises demons back to Hell in a bid to earn favor with Heaven but has become weary over time. With death looming, he helps a troubled police detective learn the truth about her sister’s death while simultaneously unraveling a much larger and darker plot.”

The story is alright but not very engaging. This kind of supernatural action stuff is right up my ally, I like films or TV shows that deal with life and death, demons and monsters and takes the basic principles of what the bible has taught about angels and devils and is able to create its own mythology. But this film just doesn’t present any of that in a good way, it’s interesting at times, but none of it feels very cool or informative, actually at times I didn’t know what was going on because there was little information given for why certain things were happening. But the main issue I had with this film was that it was boring, yes boring, offensively boring. The worst offense a film can commit is bordem and believe i was feeling it from the beginning. I didn’t care about John or Angela or the big deal with the Spear of Destiny because everything felt so dull, cryptic, monotone and there was no tension or suspense. Maybe it was just a bad day to watch a film, maybe it was because I was pretty tired, but this story did nothing for me.

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Now let’s talk about the cast. Keanu Reeves as John Constantine, wow what a bore. I do like Keanu Reeves but he was the wrong man to play Constantine, the character from the comics from what I’ve researched is a bit more douche, lively and charismatic and has a way with words, but Reeves’ version of the character has none of that. Beyond the comparison to the comics, Constantine is a moody guy with no personality, relatable traits or cool one-liners, he has nothing that makes me care about him so when he’s in danger or dying, I don’t care. Rachel Weisz was slighty better as Angela Dodson, though I wasn’t keen on her or what she was doing when looking into the death of her sister, the only thing that kept me watching was Weisz. She’s one of my favourite actresses and she made this character tolerable. Tilda Swinton as Gabriel was interesting, Swinton was good and she was probably the most redeeming aspect of this film. Shia LaBeouf is alright but severely underused as Chas Kramer, Pruitt Taylor Vince as Father Hennessy was decent but his character made me laugh more than anything else (definitely unintentionally) and Djimon Hounsou was interesting as Papa Midnite, but I would have liked to have seen more of him to get a sense of his abilities. Peter Stormare as Lucifer was decent but over the top and cartoonish, and he made me feel uncomfortable.

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Now let’s talk about the presentation. Visually the film is nice with its action scenes and the visual effects used for the monsters and depiction of hell is cool, however the colour palette of this film feel very orange/sepia and washed out and I would have liked a more varied colour palatte and unique art direction given to creatures. As for the soundtrack by Klaus Badelt and Brian Tyler, it was good but nothing memorable.

And lastly how does it compare to the comics? Well I’ve never read any of the source material so I can’t comment on it personally, but from what I’ve heard from fans of the source material it wasn’t very faithful at all, I guess that’s why we got the TV show that did much better despite getting cancelled.

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So to conclude Constantine is a film that just didn’t do anything for me. I know some that don’t think it was too bad and some that actually enjoy it, but for me the story felt long-winded and didn’t make much sense at all, the characters were semi decent and the action while good was nothing mind-blowing. I know I won’t be watching this again any time soon.

Rating: 5/10

That’s 15 reviews done, only 15 more to go. So have you seen Constantine and if so what are your thoughts on it? Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts yo! Come back tomorrow and I’ll have a new film review online, until then peace out!

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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22 Jump Street Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen and welcome to a new film review (man it feels like ages since I’ve said that haha) and today I’ll be talking about 22 Jump Street, a film I’ve been looking forward to for a long time now. As most of the people who follow this blog know, I’m not overly fond of comedies, however there are a few that I do like and 21 Jump Street surprised me back in 2012 so I was definitely down for the sequel especially after the trailers dropped. So how does this comedy sequel fare? Well read on and find out!

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The story for the film can be summarised as the following:

“After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. Now they don’t have to just crack the case – they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship. If these two overgrown adolescents can grow from freshmen into real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them.”

In a nutshell this story is awesome. The story on display here basically does the same thing again, except changes the setting and story elements, like for instance instead of it being school it is college and rather than Jenko having a bad time, its Schmidt this time round. 22 Jump Street does what The Hangover 2 tried to do, but rather than fail miserably, this film gets the sequel formula right. I will admit at the beginning I thought the film was just alright, but around the middle when Ice Cube came into the film more was when the film really picked up and by the end it was insanely funny. The humour is just as funny as its predecessor, if not more so, but beyond that the story has some touching moments to it too. I love how self-aware the film is, it references a lot of pop culture, pokes fun at itself and the concept of film sequels and at one point even does something similar to Tropic Thunder but takes it to a new level of fun and absurdity.

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When it comes to the cast they’re all very good offering various levels of humour throughout. Firstly there’s Jonah Hill as Morton Schmidt and Channing Tatum as Greg Jenko. They’re back as this odd dynamic duo and they’re just as funny, if not funnier than they were before. These two clearly are having fun with their roles and they’re chemistry is amazing and kinetic. Hill is funny because of his character’s awkward lines of dialogue, weird interactions with people and poor levels of physical strength and Tatum is funny because his character is a blockhead, seems to be some kind of superhuman and his stupidity leads to some really funny one-liners in the film. Also I just want to note how frigging cool Tatum was, his action scenes were awesome and his acrobatic moments really make him look like he’ll fit into a superhero film in the future (let’s hope he does Gambit justice). Ice Cube as Capt. Dickson is just on the highest level of awesomeness in this film. I thought Dickson was funny in the last film, but here he is on fire just being like the most angry stereotypical black man ever and Cube just kills it. I have not laughed at one person so much in a film in a long time.

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Peter Stormare as Ghost is great too, he’s the main bad guy and he has a bit of stage play performer vibe about him, but I like that and how cocky and weird he is too. Wyatt Russell as Zook is just amazing, he is a very odd man, he has some very strange personality traits and dreams, but that’s what makes him so funny and his interaction with Jenko is awesome. Amber Stevens is gorgeous as Maya, she’s a person Schmidt befriends and she’s a smart and kind-hearted soul, I like her. Jillian Bell as Mercedes is really funny, her lines in this film were insane, rude and kind of repetitive in the subject manner but also funny. Also seeing the return of Nick Offerman as Deputy Chief Hardy is just perfect, I love how Hardy delivered his lines in such a deadpan kind of way, Offerman was clearly channeling his inner Ron Swanson as it was pretty much the exact same character and to be honest I loved it. Dave Franco as Eric Molson and Rob Riggle as Mr. Walters were awesome in their segment in the film too. There are also some cameos in the film that I won’t spoil which are just awesome and hilarious.

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In conclusion 22 Jump Street is awesome and is a prime example of how to do a comedy sequel correctly. I had hoped for a good experience watching this film, but it was way funnier than I expected and I was actually laughing out loud which has not happened since 2011. This a great fun-filled experience which is basically the same thing again, but better. I can easily recommend this as some summer fun in the cinema.

Rating: 8/10 (Ice Cube is a don! XD)

So what did you think of 22 Jump Street? Did it meet your expectations or were you let down? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next film review. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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