02/20/2005: One solution to an interesting film review problem....
Pete Vonder Haar of A Perfectly Cromulent Blog is, in addition to being a blogger, a critic for Film Threat. In that capacity, he had an interesting problem in reviewing the latest Keanu Reeves vehicle, Constantine. Unfortunately, I've not had the opportunity to become a fan of John Constantine, the main character of the Hellblazer comic book series, but Pete is. And apparently, the disconnect between the John Constantine of the comic books and the John Constantine of the movie was so great, that to be perfectly fair to the movie, Pete was compelled to write two reviews. The first he styles his "Film Geek Review", where he reviews Constantine apart from the comic book backstory, merely as a horror/thriller (short form: better than the average mid-winter horror film). The second is his "Comic Book Geek Review", where he reviews Constantine as an adaptation of the comic series, and concludes:
The irony of all this is that Warner Bros. presumably adapted “Hellblazer” – in part – to get fans of the comic to see the movie, but they’ve made such a half-assed go of it that these same fans are going to be spitting venom for months. In fact, I’d almost recommend that those of you who’ve followed the exploits of the character created by Alan Moore (and fleshed out by the likes of Jamie Delano, Garth Ennis, Paul Jenkins, Warren Ellis, and Mike Carey all these years) avoid the film entirely. You’ll live longer.I'll probably give this one a pass, at least until it's out in video, but at least since I don't have the background with Constantine I probably won't be spitting venom for any period of time.
Len on 02.20.05 @ 08:02 PM CST