"Constantine"’s biggest mistake

How many mainstream critics will accept, without a second thought, the fundamental boo-boo of Keanu Reeves’ Constantine?

Richard Corliss happily volunteers:

In this adaptation of a renowned graphic novel, Reeves is an L.A. detective whose job involves casting devils out of Angelenos. (He’s the detexorcist!) He has to deal with both demons and angels, who in the normal state of affairs influence humans without directly interfering. But now, with the discovery of a long-lost artifact–the spear that killed Jesus on Calvary–the familiar rules don’t apply, and an Armageddon- like battle is on.

That’s right. “The spear that killed Jesus on Calvary.”

Perhaps they don’t know the Greatest Story Ever Told as thoroughly as they think they do. Perhaps they weren’t paying very close attention to The Passion of the Christ.

Quick! A bumper sticker! “Spears don’t kill Messiahs. Crosses do!”

(Uh oh. Now I’ve done it! I can hear the the emails coming … “Crosses don’t kill Messiahs either. People do.”)

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.


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