Chris’s review published on Letterboxd:
John Constantine: Detective. What if I told you that God and the devil made a wager, a kind of standing bet for the souls of all mankind?
This film has truly gotten better with age, much like a fine wine. Starring Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Djimon Hounsou, and Tilda Swinton, four of my favorite all time actors/actresses, Constantine is one of my all time favorite superhero films adapted for the big screen based on the DC Comics/Vertigo Hellblazer graphic novels.
For me, a masterful blend of Fantasy and the Supernatural with undertones of the occult, backed up by utterly stunning visuals, an awesome and engaging story, formidable plot, and a well-written and fleshed out screenplay create the ultimate viewing experience. The concept and design behind the creatures (demons and angels), Hell, and The Spear of Destiny was positively transcendent.
John Constantine: Angels and Demons can't cross over onto our plane. So, instead we get what I call half-breeds. The influence peddlers. They can only whisper in our ears. But a single word can give you courage, or turn your favorite pleasure into your worst nightmare. Those with the demon's touch like those part angel, living alongside us. They call it the balance. I call it hypocritical bullshit.
Keanu Reeves (John Constantine) and Rachel Weisz (Angela Dodson) stole the spotlight and with their impeccable, stellar performances, managed to transition the film above and beyond greatness. Both Rachel and Keanu shared a natural chemistry when they performed onscreen together.
Djimon Hounsou (Midnite), Tilda Swinton (Gabriel), Peter Stormare (Satan), and Gavin Rossdale (Balthazar) all gave amazing and gripping performances. Peter Stormare's portrayal of Satan was so amusing and nonchalant, an unusual yet fun take on Satan.
John Constantine: But when you cross over... time stops. Take it from me, two minutes in hell is a lifetime. When I came back... I knew... all the things I could see were real. Heaven and hell are right here. Behind every wall, every window. The world behind the world, and we're smack in the middle.
Overall, Francis Lawrence's directorial debut turned out to be good all fashioned "hellish" fun!