Constantine was a film that I so wanted to do well. Hollywood has had a patchy history in converting graphic novels to the screen like the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and both attempts to bring The Punisher to the silver screen. In the Hellblazer book John Constantine
is a blonde scouser. The film treatment took the story to Los Angeles, John Constantine (Keanu Reeves) is a cynical paranormal exorcist / detective who knows that there is a special place for him in hell because of a suicide attempt he made when he was younger. The film is
visually rich, has some class moments and great character actor performances. Classically trained actor Peter Stormare played the devil as a carny, Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale plays a demon as a slick sophisticate. I really liked Tilda Swinton as Gabriel, she looked exceptionally good in a double-breasted chalk strip suit and tie; you just can’t buy that kind of class.
Critics may call this film a cinematic mash-up of The Matrix versus The Exorcist, I however enjoyed it.