John Wick: Ryan’s Movie Reviews #16

Hello and welcome to Ryan’s Movie Reviews!

With Deadpool 2 right around the corner, I thought it would be interesting to look at the new director’s work. Tim Miller, the director of the first Deadpool, left the role of director of Deadpool 2 and David Leitch took over. Leitch is famously known for action in his films, such as John Wick and Atomic Blonde. I ran a poll on Instagram, where John Wick won with 64% of the vote and beating Atomic Blonde, making it this weeks review.

Starring Keanu Reeves and from director David Leitch, John Wick tells the story of the titular character who is a legendary and retired assassin and quits the business to get married. His wife dies and leaves him a puppy to remember her by. He is forced out of retirement when Iosef, a thug, and son of a mobster steals his prized car and kills the puppy. John seeks vengeance against those who wronged him while Iosef’s father, who is an old colleague of Johns, puts a bounty on his head when he realises his son’s life is in danger.

This film was a surprise and secret hit and was incredibly stylish. Where it uses one camera to pan as Wick takes down one guy and shoot another, other films use 14 quick cuts and changes to show Liam Neeson jumping over a fence (looking at you, Taken). Like in Leitch’s other films, the action and direction were amazing. Keanu Reeves takes on the role of John Wick (his eighth time playing a character named John) and was awesome. It’s almost as if he doesn’t age, as he is able to do all scenes as if he is still in his 20s. His range of emotions was strong and quite compelling too. Michael Nyqvist played Viggo Tarasov, Iosef’s father. Nyqvist played Viggo well, with a firmness and tone of scariness and interrogation. The fight scene at the end of the film between Viggo and Wick was.  Iosef, the mobster’s son, was played by Alfie Allen. While Allen was great in this role, I didn’t like his character. He seemed quite mismatched for the role in my opinion.

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Wick takes down an enemy in a scene from the club fight.

There were a few favourite scenes from John Wick. I liked the ‘It’s not what you did. It’s who you did it to’ scene, as it showed us Wick’s revenge starting out. The violence throughout the film was amazing. With 84 people in Wick’s kill count and around 70 of them were headshots. As a lover of violence in films, this was amazing. The house fight was so cool to watch and emphasised Leitch’s skills as a director for action films. This was also true for the club fight scene, which I enjoyed even more than the house fight scene. I also think it’s worth mentioning the dialogue in this film. The way that Michael Nyqvist delivered his lines was amazing, the most memorable going to ‘I once saw him kill three men in a bar… with a pencil, with a f**king pencil.’ However, I did find that the fights start off amazing but eventually become a little dull and repetitive as the film goes on. Killing John’s puppy had me shocked and that was too far, but Iosef could have killed Wick there and then. It’s a little cliché to have left someone for dead only for them to wake up and go on a revenge mission. What if Iosef killed a man and his puppy who were John Wick’s friend and John’s puppy? Maybe going with another, lesser used cliché, but would still give us this film.

Overall, John Wick get’s a 7.5/10 from me. It was a highly entertaining film but I found myself a little bored at some points. John Wick 3 has started filming this week, and it looks to be promising, especially with the working title of ‘John Wick 3: Parabellum’.

Thanks for reading week 16 of Ryan’s Movie Reviews. I have my own domain name now, so it’s now just ryansmoviereviews.com where you can read my reviews. Follow @Ryans.Movie.Reviews on Instagram for the latest movie news, and my WordPress to be the first to read my reviews. I booked my tickets for Deadpool 2 this week and it looks so amazing! The marketing department for Deadpool 2 has nailed it once again, and I can’t wait to see it.

Once again, thanks for reading my review. Join me next week for when I review a comedy from the late 80’s.

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