Ryan was great but the show had such a flat, nothing style to it that everything else felt like a cheap Supernatural knock-off. Meanwhile the movie is nothing like the comic but it has such an insane style and look to it that I can't help but enjoy what's going on, and Keanu is unironically great as a sarcastic, burnt-out asshole.
NBC needed someone to do to Constantine what David Slade did to Hannibal. They had fucking Neil Marshall directing episodes and still couldn't figure it out.
The show was more faithful but was crippled a bit by not being able to be gritty and mature enough, while doing a lot of procedural stuff.
The movie was too different as an adaptation but apart from stupid shit like the demon/angel halfbreeds and Keanu turning into a action hero with a crosso shotgun bs in the end, the flick did magic better and was fatalistic and dark in the right way, so you could forgive a lot of the dumb stuff.
Combination of the two could be been pretty great, imo.
Parroting the Anons before me, the movie wasn't a faithful adaptation by any means, but it was a lot more visceral and substantive than the TV series. Very enjoyable. It also had Rachel Weisz, which helps a great deal since that's been my one and only celebrity crush since childhood. Keanu was surprisingly pretty stellar in his role.
He worked in Disturbia and Eagle Eye because that was all just running or looking through binoculars, they played off his nervous energy well. Apparently the only director who can make him work as the main hero is DJ Caruso.
The movie's world and story wasn't Hellblazer, but the style was. Meanwhile the show had the right world and characters, but the style didn't feel right. Too bad they killed the show, they mad great improvements towards the end of the season.
>>78946523 I saw the movie before I knew who Constantine was but I liked it. Now that I know the character better I prefer the show because it really felt like the same character from the comics. I still don't hate the movie I just don't understand what they were thinking.
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