Constantine Stephanie DiMaggio Introduction to film GSJ0945A Kenneth Newton December 7, 2009, Constantine An Assessment of Constantine I found the movie Constantine to be the most interesting film to analyze and discuss. From start to finish, there is so much meaning within every element of the film. Every time I watch this film, I thoroughly enjoy it. I have known this movie to be a symbolic message to the audience of, why religion, being a good person, and God is so important to humanity.
Everything from the theme, the cast, the setting/location, costume design, makeup, special effects, and the directors overall ambition is absolutely incredible. This film has a very creative and unique approach to discussing the good and evil dimensions in the world we live in. I feel this movie has a beautiful connection to religion, spirituality, and cultural beliefs. I consider myself to be a spiritual and down to earth person. I will emphasize on my observation and perception of this film and how it has personally impacted me. Constantine
The movie Constantine consists of so much meaning regarding life and how precious and priceless it is. The plot seemed to be about the fight/battle of life, good, and evil. I also felt that the moral of the story/film was about the power God or good versus evil. This film sent a direct message to the viewers. I found that message to be, that God works in mysterious and wonderful ways. This message contains a guide to live a prosperous and virtuous life. As I analyzed Constantine and found it is considered an R rated and a suspenseful horror.
Some of the most interesting and artistic parts of the film were very poetic, spiritual, and creative. I found this film to have a powerful and emotional effect on me along with a beautiful story to tell. I am sure other viewers would have to agree. This film literally and figuratively had a connection to expressing good and bad beliefs. The film left imprints of different beliefs and how time has evolved that consisted of: Nazis, Catholicism, Christianity, Voodoo, and evil entities. The film obviously had a daring and controversial style of focus.
But the director really out did himself creatively and stayed true to the theme and name. The director custom made the film to cater to those who desire an interesting, creative, and symbolic experience of films. All of the elements of this movie significantly and inconceivably impacted me emotionally and spiritually. Constantine I found the film to be well organized and applied all of the elements of filmmaking. There is a profound essence of self sacrifice, beliefs, and symbolic patterns within the plot.
As I evaluated the film, I found that it definitely had several moral statements that would “persuade us to apply the principles in our own lives. ” (Boggs & Petrie, p 17) I perceived this to be a concept of, stay true to your beliefs, humanity, and moral obligations. I also found the overall film along with the characters to incorporate social problems and the truth of human nature. “Because those characters are representative of humanity in general, they serve as a cinematic vehicle to illustrate some widely or universal acceptable truth about human nature”. Boggs & Petrie, p 18) This film also touched on the struggle for human dignity. I found it to directly “display courage, sensitivity, intelligence, a spiritual and moral sense, and strong individualism. (Boggs & Petrie p, 18) Constantine can definitely entertain viewers on a universal scale. In the beginning scene of the film the spear of destiny was found in the dusty and desolate dessert of Mexico. This spear is to be the weapon that had actually pierced the flesh of Jesus Christ and ultimately killed him, as he hung from the crucifix.
In this scene the spear was wrapped in a Nazi flag. (This correlates with the Mexican catholic beliefs along with the Nazis as well. ) I found Constantine this to bridge the holocaust with the Nazis and the unforgettable and evil tragedies that hit the Mexican and Jewish people and their cultures. The ultimate goal of the characters that carried good virtues was to protect man kind and the spear of destiny from the depths of hell. It also projected a sense of spiritually cleansing the spear of negative energy.
The director’s choices of characters were very effective as far as capturing the concept and translating the primary focus. Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Shia Labeouf, were the main characters. My favorite actor of all time is Keanu Reeves. In this movie he is the main character who plays John Constantine. Rachel plays Angie, a twin of Isabel and a cop with psychic abilities that Satan is attempting to possess and impregnate. Isabel went insane because Angie abandoned her, along with her psychic abilities. Isabel was imprisoned in a mental ward.
It was there that she had been convinced by demons to plunge to her death from the roof top. Shia’s character is a taxi driver who is John’s catholic apprentice, named Chaz. The entire casts along with their settings were all well orchestrated and shadowed the films ambition and dramatic irony. Constantine is a chain smoker who was culturally insensitive. He has developed inoperable lung cancer and needs an extension of life in order to buy Constantine his way back in heaven, because he was considered a suicide and revived.
Growing up, John had special abilities that tormented him as a child. He would see things others could not and that he could not explain. John thought the only solution to his dilemma was to commit suicide. Because John had gone to hell and made it back his job was to extradite evil demons (half breeds) back to hell. I guess he would be considered a bounty hunter who worked for God. John translates the good and evil dimensions of the world and his job to restore balance. He describes it as “world behind world”. God and Satan made a wager and created rules.
Half breeds, half demon and half angel walk amongst each other on earth. Angels and pure demons were to stay in heaven and hell. The half breeds are not to break the rule of no human contact only direction. When they break the rules Constantine steps in and deports them. Because of this Satan can not wait to get his hands on him and is the only soul he would collect himself. Constantine knows his fate falls into the torturing, windy, blistering, and fire depths of hell. That is why he works hard along with the church on saving the souls of humanity by exorcisms etc.
He believes he can buy his way back into heaven. John Constantine had several associates regarding his responsibilities and obligations. An apprentice who is a young devoted catholic, a priest with psychic Constantine abilities, a witch doctor, Angie the powerful psychic cop , and a creepy bowling alley employee who collects remnants of religious artifacts and also has knowledge of the two worlds. Angie’s sister Isabella was found in hell by John because Isabel was recently believed to be a suicide.
They all soon found that hell was attempting to break loose on earth. After John found demons that should only dwell in hell, everywhere he goes. He meets with a half breed angel named Gabriel. Gabriel is a twisted and beautiful angel with magical wings and power. Gabriel is secretly two faced and plans on assisting Satan with his plan to have hell rein on earth. Their plan ultimately is defeated because John and his crew of associates hard work and dedication to God and everything good. In the end John made the ultimate sacrifice.
He sacrificed his own life for Isabel in order for her to find her place in heaven. Therefore, God did not allow Satan to take him to hell. This angered Satan and he made John live again even though john slit his wrist and he also cured his cancer. Apparently I stress the fact that the characters really did a wonderful job projecting the director’s objective. But the costume design, makeup, special effects, lighting, and musical score were all united and were constructed well in order to have great visual expectations for the audience.
There were scenes that Constantine clearly gave me a sense of being there in real life and in the moment. All of these elements combined really had tremendous quality and a powerful effect. Although, the costume design was more of a modern contemporary style, the makeup special and visual effects were on point with the structure of the scene and each character. The scenes projected wide angels, slow motion, and special lighting. The scene I previously described to be ultimate sacrifice was obviously the ending.
It was perfect and was my favorite scene within the film. I found at times the characters were pale, sick looking, dead, or possessed. Depending on the scene and which world the scene fell into, the lighting and musical score was dark, dusty, dim, or bright, colorful, and inviting. The overall color contrast in this film was very effective as well. This film had many aspects of what some might say to be fictional elements as far as the characters and props. But I enjoyed some of the props that were utilized as well: holy water, dragon breath flame thrower, shotgun crafted from and a crucifix.
I must say this movie had a dramatic and creative flair to it. After watching this film and ultimately breaking down all of its elements. I feel so much closer to my goals as a religious, spiritual, and Constantine humanitarian qualities. I understand why and how negative things may occur and impact our lives. Through out all the hard times we must try to stay focused on the positive and our good beliefs. No one can affect my destiny but me. I have the free will to choose life or death and good or evil. I choose to live a good life full of positive and virtuous decisions.
This movie has validated my thoughts of people, change, and all the good in the world. This movie has personally impacted me because I feel more connected and bonded to my spirituality. Overall I enjoyed analyzing this film. Constantine Reference: The internet movie database. (2007, Fall/Winter). Synopsis of Constantine [Online forum message]. Retrieved November/December 23, 2009 from IMDB: http://www. imdb. com/title/tt0360486/synopsis Warner Bros. (n. d. ). Constantine [Synopsis]. Retrieved November/December 23, 2009, from Warner Bros. Pictures website: http://constantinemovie. warnerbros. com/synopsis. html