February 21, 2024

Director Chad Stahelki2014 John Wick It’s a parody of an action movie. no This doesn’t feel right. Maybe we should lead with this instead: Directed by Chad Stahelki, 2014 John Wick it’s a serious action movie like few others. Yeah, it doesn’t sound right… Stahelki’s John Wick it’s an action movie parody and a serious action movie all at the same time. It’s a film about loss and what unprocessed grief can bring, but it’s not that deep either. It’s full of gravitas and amazingly choreographed fight sequences, but it’s also absurd and funny.


‘John Wick’ is an exciting and beautifully shot action film

Keanu Reeves pointing a gun in John Wick
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the protagonist Keanu Reeves as a retired hitman forced back into the game by the ineffectual actions of a mob boss’ spoiled son, John Wick laughs at many conventions of the action genre. Represents murdered and/or kidnapped family members taken and Death Wish with a dead dog She advertises her main man, to the point where she gets a twisted lullaby of her horror. He has not one, but two revenge plots. It creates an impossible world in which guns for hire have their own little society with its own currency and service industry. She has a secondary character who strangles people with her hair, for crying out loud! The film is full of gags, some discreet, some more in-your-face, and it’s impossible not to crack a smile at least in scenes like the one where John casually greets a killer-only hotel. a fight

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But as with all good action movie spoofs, John Wick everything is not a joke. It’s also a suitably entertaining action film with a great pace and amazing fight scenes, all directed by the fight coordinators. Jonathan Eusebius and Jon Valera. Of particular note are the first proper fight sequence inside John’s house and the one inside the Red Circle nightclub, where the gunfire matches the beat of the music. That aforementioned scene where John is nearly killed by a woman’s hair? It’s as amazing as it is amazing. From car chases to hands-on combat, John Wick has action sequences for every type of genre fan, all expertly choreographed and shot. Jonathan SelaThe camerawork leaves no room for confusion as to what is happening on screen, and the film’s contrasting color scheme lends a dreamlike atmosphere to its action sequences, which makes them all the more engaging. Again, the Red Circle scene comes to mind as the film’s high point, with prominent shades of red, blue and black, as well as ballet-like camera movements. Dancing with John Iosef Tarasov (Alfie Allen) and his henchmen, he also makes the film dance with us.

Another aspect of John Wick the construction of his world is remarkable. Written by the author Derek Kolstad, the story is full of little details that leave us wondering about this strange universe that John and his colleagues inhabit. From the Continental Hotel to the gold coins that form the only accepted currency in this criminal underworld, the film is full of nuggets that point to the existence of a wider world that we don’t fully see. It’s not hard to understand how a franchise that now features four films was created with a huge fanbase dedicated to cataloging and understanding its universe.

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Why ‘John Wick’ Loses in a Series of Unearned Deaths

Adrianne Palicki as Mrs. Perkins in John Wick
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But at the same time it becomes clear why John Wick With as many sequels as it’s earned, it can be hard to stay interested in the film until its end. You see, John Wick the peak is quite early, somewhere around the one hour mark. Its final 40 minutes are a bit of a drag, though it’s still full of gunfire, explosions, and physical altercations. That’s the problem John Wick it has a protagonist who is too big for his own good. After a while, watching enemies get wiped out with little effort becomes repetitive. Mafia boss Viggo Tarasov was even briefly caught (Michael Nyqvist) is enough to break the cycle. Tarasov and his henchmen look menacing, but you know John Wick is going to take them all out in the blink of an eye, and not in that “he’s a hero, so of course he’ll win” kind of way. You know he’s going to be successful because, as the movie itself tells you, there’s no real competition for John. The real stakes are very low.

The fact that the film doesn’t really work on Viggo as its ultimate villain doesn’t do much to help the second half. Of course, there is some thematic sense in being John’s real enemy: his son took someone John loved, and John took someone from him; they used to be associates, maybe even good friends; they are both men marked by pain and guilt, and so on. However, the movie does nothing to make Viggo hate Iosef as much as we liked him. Of course John’s friend Marcus pulls out (Willem Dafoe), but Marcus isn’t even that believable of a character to begin with. It’s always sad when a movie underuses Willem Dafoe, and in that sense, John Wick tragedy is appropriate.

Death of Mrs. Perkins (Adrianne Palicki), the aforementioned suffocating hair, feels exactly the same. Maybe in a later installment of the franchise, with the world John Wick properly developed, we could care about breaking the rules of the Continental. But, as it is, this piece of information is very important. Admittedly, as a scene, his death is by far the most spectacular in the entire film, but as the end of a subplot, it has no real impact. In fact, it is difficult to understand why Perkins is in the second half of the film.

But John WickAs for the death of the characters, it is the death of Iosef Tarasov. Let me break it down with you quickly: before you see it John Wick Almost a decade after his release, I didn’t know his dog had been killed. Even with all my time online, I managed to get that spoiler wrong. For some reason, I felt like the dog had been kidnapped, and Wick’s whole journey was to get him back. When Joseph killed Daisy with his own two hands, I was horrified and I was angry. I wanted to see that bastard pay, as I imagine most, if not all of you, do. And yet Iosef’s death was so quick and spectacular that I had to step back to make sure it was really him who was shot, and not one of his henchmen. It’s the only death in the entire film that feels truly earned, but we’re completely robbed of the pleasure of finally seeing Iosef get his comeuppance.

This does not remove it John Wickthe merits of Overall, the film is still an entertaining watch, exciting and often quite beautiful to watch. And, as a parody, there is no doubt John Wick manages to laugh at the absurdity of the action genre. But as a serious action film, John Wick it commits perhaps its worst sin: instead of coming out with a bang, it fades away slowly, leaving the audience drained rather than pumped up. Maybe it’s a good first episode for a longer saga, given how well it does in introducing its universe and main character. But as a standalone film, it feels like something is missing.

Rating: B

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