I want to talk about “Constantine” — this time, the short-lived television series.
First of all, it isn’t really anything like the Keanu Reeves movie. Sure, there are exorcisms and demons fighting against the greater good, but things are not the way you expect them to be.
Chaz is alive. Perpetually, it seems. And looks like he’s about 7 feet tall.
And Constantine is … British. And blonde. And he talks too much.
I could forgive both of these things if the rest wasn’t so questionable.
The series didn’t have the chance to play out completely, so I can understand why the story never was put to bed.
But the whole angel-turning-rogue thing? It was done before and Tilda Swinton was better at it. I’m not sure why they decided it needed to be seen again.
Constantine takes way too many risks in the show — more than he took in the movie.
His disregard for his own life I expected, but not to the degree you see in the show.
The worst part about the television series? Things are far too simplified.
Whereas in the movie you could see what was happening, the TV show has the actors explaining what happens.
Chaz, on multiple occasions, tries sarcasm as a way to lighten the mood, but the dialogue seems forced.
For instance, when Constantine is possessed, the individual performing the exorcism says something like, “It won’t be him speaking — it will be the demon.”
Chaz responds, “I hope I’ll be able to tell the difference.”
The way the actor delivers the line makes the whole episode seem so campy it just doesn’t do the subject matter justice.
I am guessing I’m not the only one who thought the TV show fell flat, since it has been canceled.
I’m saddened by this, too. The potential the concept had was great: A little mini-story every week, good versus evil and evil is vanquished.
I hope someone tries the concept again, but my gut feeling is it never actually will work.
I think “Constantine” is doomed to be the TV show that never will be.
Just like “Forever” and “New Amsterdam,” the audience for such a show is so small that it never will be lucrative enough for the television executives to bother producing it.
So, to wrap this up, watch this short-lived show if you need some background noise, but be prepared to be disappointed if your expectations are the same as they were for the movie.