Movie Review – John Wick 1

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I loved the movie John Wick; it was violent without being gory.

What I liked most about the movie was the choreography of the action scenes. I’ve seen my share of action movies and I must say that the action in John Wick is top notch.

That shouldn’t come as a surprise, because the directors are David Leitch and Chad Stahelski. These two have been the stunt/action coordinators on practically every action movie in the past decade: V for Vendetta, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, 300, Live Free or Die Hard, Fight Club, Troy…and lets not forget to mention The Matrix Trilogy.

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Since this is their first time working as directors, you’re probably thinking, “Sure, they can put together a great fight scene, but how are they at all the other parts of the movie?” That’s what’s most surprising. The acting was good; a little flat at times, but certainly good enough for an action film.

Besides, we’re talking about a movie with Keanu Reeves as the lead. We should expect a flat performance, right? Except no! The biggest surprise in the movie is that Keanu can really act. Sure, for the majority of the movie he’s the Keanu we expect, but there’s one scene in John Wick where he finally cuts loose. It was like he saved up every ounce of emotion from every movie he’s ever been in and let it loose all at once.

And believe me, you’ll know the scene when you see it.

So we have great action, and good acting, but what about the story, you ask? Rest easy — the story is simple and keeps the movie going between action scenes. They didn’t try to get cute and create something complex or mysterious. The story feels real as it unfolds, and delivers an appropriate amount of humor without forcing it.

I’m trying to think of something to be critical of, but drawing a blank. The only thing I can come up with is that John Wick is just a very good movie, but not super awesome. I don’t know about you, but I’ll take “just very good” any day of the week.

Movie Grade:  B+

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