8 April 2007 | rgmeyr
A great movie - but overdone
Interesting movie! But a bit too many ingredients in this cake. Interestingly enough there were even elements of the "Magic Fluge" (Queen of the night, apparently good, yet evil + Sarastro, apparently evil yet good plus Tamino + Pamina carrying the day after trials and tribulations) Strange, though, that they refer in this film to Constantine as "Roman KING" rather than emperor, handing the "Western Provinces of Rome" to the "Vatican". More strange that the "Rock of Petri" is supposed to be "under" the Vatican in the catacombs. This is more than a bit bizarre, including the immaculate condition of Constantine's tomb (Huh?) there. I always thought he died and was interred in "his" city of Constantinope? But hey, it's only a movie.
On the whole, it's well done, though, good action scenes, albeit a tad lengthy at times. Plot line a bit overconstrued but intriguing, the acting was/is great, but the dialogue somewhat tortured at times and the music almost always cheesy.
It was an enjoyable 3hours+, but if they find a way to simplify the plot a bit, shorten some of the (excellent) sword fights, go easy on the gore - and bring it down to just under 2hours, this will be one hell of a good movie!!!