I’ve never thought that Matt Ryan’s portrayal of John Constantine was a particularly good one, though I don’t blame him more than the casting. For a start, Constantine is the comics is physically lanky and more roguish than Ryan played him.
Ryan says all the right things, but never quite does so convincingly.
Then there’s his voice, which if you haven’t seen his former series or DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow, sounds rougher-edged and ‘lower class’–whether one wants to accept it or not, there are variations on a British accent, most of which stem from where in the United Kingdom you grew up as well as whether or not you were rich or poor–than perhaps it should be.
Though perhaps most importantly, Constantine should be extremely world-weary. He’s seen and knows things that would send the average person gibbering in terror, yet he carries the burden despite the costs to himself and potentially the people he cares for.
As I implied, I never felt the desperation (and the barely concealed desire for normalcy) from Matt Ryan’s characterization.
Remember Jim Carrey’s live action portrayal in Dr. Suess’s The Grinch That Stole Christmas (in case you don’t I’ve included the trailer. You’re welcome)?
How The Grinch That Stole Christmas (2000)
If there were ever characters designed to be animated, it’s Dr. Seuss’ s because his drawings, when placed in a real life context, come off not only weird but off-putting–and to be honest vaguely sinister.
Which I’m reasonably certain wasn’t the original intent.
The Cat In The Hat (2003)
In GCI though, it just works.
And while I have not seen the movie, that dog looks like it’s trying to steal the movie out from under Benedict Cumberbatch’s Grinch.
The Grinch (2018)
Footage from Donald Glover’s aborted take on Fox’s Deadpool was released a while ago, and it not only looks awesome and captures the feel of the movie–it’s gloriously and unrepentantly violent–but oddly enough feels more ‘Deadpool’ than Deadpool actually was.
And I know this is simply an animation test, but it feels like Marvel Television screwed the pooch on this one.
This trailer must have flown under the radar–which is a bit weird considering the Incredibles were massive when they first appeared.
So, this teaser reintroduces us to Jack ‘Jack’ Parr, the latest addition to the Parr household.
And despite the original movie having premiered 14 years ago, he’s not only got no better a grasp over his powers than he did in the first movie but he’s apparently hasn’t gotten significantly older as well.
Which is an advantage when you’re working with CGI, as opposed to actual people.
The All Nighter looks pretty amusing. The role J.K. Simmons plays–a concerned father who’s daughter has gone missing-vaguely reminds me of Liam Neeson’s character in the Taken movies, but geared toward comedy.
Speaking of Simmons he’s perhaps one of the more versatile character actors working today, with an enviable ability to elevate whatever he happens to be starring in (a quality that used to be shared by Robert DeNiro, till a lack of discrimination in choosing parts killed it).
You may not have like Vern Slesinger from O.Z.–truth be told, nor were you supposed to–but portrayal of a Neo-Nazi stayed with you.
Or his portrayal as a UFO abductee from Dark Skies, a performance that resonated with a quiet intensity that elevated the material.
The teaser trailer for Pixar’s Cars 3 was pretty harrowing–it somehow managed to be more emotionally demanding than the entirety of ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS Story–which is saying something.
In fact, the official trailer opens with the teaser, so you’ll see what I mean.
We also see that the whole talking cars thing is being underplayed (in the trailer, at any rate, helping to give things a Days of Thunder-type vibe).
And it might just be me, but we could be potentially witnessing The Empire Strikes Back chapter of the Cars trilogy (which is also a sentence that I never thought I’d find myself typing).
The first time I had seen the Cars 3 teaser trailer was during Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and someone seated nearby remarked:
“That’s pretty dark for a Pixar movie.”
Whoever this astute moviegoer was, he took the words right out of my mouth because not only is this trailer–tonally speaking–dark but it makes the movie that came afterward almost optimistic in retrospect.