John Wick Ignites into an Awesome Action Flick

John Wick Ignites into an Awesome Action Flick

Garrett Wheeler, Opinions Editor

When I first heard of John Wick, I thought it sounded kind of dumb. Don’t get me wrong, I love stupid movies, but I wasn’t particularly interested in this one. In fact, I was planning on just not going to the theaters at all over the weekend. But then, I started hearing reviews about it. These reviews have described this movie as one of the best action movies of the decade. This got me excited. So, on Saturday, I went and saw the movie. And honestly, this was one of the most gratifying theater experiences I’ve ever had. Yes, it’s really that good.

John Wick stars Keanu Reeves as our titular character. John was a former, highly trained hit man. However, he retired because he wanted to spend more time with his wife. All of that changes when his wife dies from a mystery illness. Because of this, John has nothing except a dog his wife sent him as a type of gift you’d find on the will. Suddenly, Russian baddies come into the picture and attack him. Why? Because they’re badguys. Duh. Anyways, when they do this, they kill his dog- the only thing that he has left. Because of this, John reigns all hell on them in this tale of redemption.

The plot is very simple. I mean, this is an action movie, so you’re not going to be pondering what the deep meaning of the whole story is. However, the plot is done very well. It’s the kind of narrative that just pulls you in and gets you invested in what’s happening to the characters. And for that, I applaud the writers.

Not only that, but the movie was actually pretty funny. John Wick uses a lot of dark awkward humor, where something would happen, and the brand of humor comes from everyone else’s reactions to what happened. There just like, “Oh. People are dead. You back in business? Okay.” It’s so awkward, yet it just works. This movie is pretty hilarious.

The only problem with the plot is that there is a couple moments here and there where the story kind of jumbles over itself. It’s those moments when you go, “wait, what’s going on again?” Luckily, it isn’t a lot, but when it does, the story goes right back on track.

The acting is great. Are the performances cartoonish? At times. However, I like it. The over the top moments help lighten the mood, but it’s not in the so much as to make the movie a giant cartoon. The movie is a little goofy at times, but it knows when to make the viewer take the movie seriously, and it does that like a champ.

Honestly, this is probably the best performance Keanu has ever done. Yes, even better than Neo from The Matrix. His character is likeable and also just a threat when he needs to be. What surprised me the most about his performance were his emotional scenes. Keanu has a couple moments where he’s crying or he’s just angry and you can really see the pain and anguish in his face. Keanu did a fantastic job.

The cinematography is masterful. Every shot looks just magnificent whether it’s a towering shot of the city or a close-up on somebody’s bloodied, broken face. Did I mention this movie was violent? Anyways, almost every single shot in this movie is perfect. I’ll get more into this in a little.

The sound track for this movie is perfect. Every song is dark, intense, driving, fist pounding, and just great to listen to. This is the perfect blend of rock and techno. Honestly, this could be one of the best movie scores of the decade. I could see John Wick getting nominated for an Oscar for best original music. It’s that good.

And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the action scenes. And yes, they are absolutely awesome. This movie is brutal, intense, and just really, really fun to watch. You feel every bullet, every punch, every broken bone, and every crunch. This movie is very violent.

And you know what added to the greatness of the action scenes? There was no shaky-cam. At all. The camera stayed still the entire time, and it was glorious. Thank you, directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski and cinematographer Jonathan Sela for making me actually be able to see what’s going on.

The best part in the entire movie is the action scene inside of a nightclub. I swear, when this part happened, my jaw dropped because I was just amazed by how all the components, from the action, to the music, to the cinematography, to the colors, to the pacing, came together. This scene is perfect in every sense of the word and when it ended, I was sad because I wanted to see more, and not in that “disappointed because there wasn’t enough” way, but in that “that scene was so awesome I didn’t want it to end” way. It was just a blast!

Really, my only criticism for this movie is that it ends a little too suddenly. It’s one of those moments where when it ends, you think, “that’s the end? Okay…” It’s not a bad ending, I just think it could’ve gradually gotten to that point instead of just dropping me off there. However, that’s really it.

I can’t give enough praise to John Wick. It’s a very fun, action movie with a lot of heart and some foot pounding music. It knows exactly what it is and doesn’t try to mix up the formula, which is a really great thing. However, this movie is not going to be for everyone. If you don’t like brutal violence, then you’re probably not going to like this movie. However, if you do like brutality, then you certainly won’t be disappointed. John Wick is one of my personal favorite movies of the year.

My reviewer side wants to give this movie an 8.5 out of 10 and my fanboy side wants to give this movie a 9.5 out of 10, so I meet in the middle with a 9 out of 10. This is one of the few movies that came out this year where I wanted to see it again right when the credits started to roll.