After reviewing the latest John Wick film I decided to go back and look at the first one. While not as good as it’s sequel, I still get a lot of enjoyment out of John Wick.
The film stars Keanu Reeves as the John Wick, a quite and reserved man morning the recent loss of his wife. During this painful time, Wick’s home is robbed by a group of Russian mobsters, who beat him and kill his dog (a dog that his wife left him before she passed). After this turn of events we find out that John Wick is in fact an ex-hitman, but not just any hitman. He’s the most feared assassin of all, as he once killed three men in a bar with nothing but a pencil. John Wick decides to come out of retirement and hunt down the all the mobsters who killed his dog.
As I said in my review of John Wick: Chapter 2, Iv’e never been much of a fan of Keanu Reeves. Seeing Reeves in John Wick has allowed me to put a different perspective on his way of acting. When he was in The Matrix, I felt his emotionless acting made his character very flat and boring. In John Wick he’s both more expressive and interesting.
Not only is Keanu Reeves good at playing Wick, but the character itself is written very well. The writers really do a great job of building up his character as this feared being. Characters talk very over-dramatically about John Wick, as if he was an unstoppable entity out to get them.
One of my favorite aspects of John Wick are the long, carefully choreographed action sequences. John Wick will take out large amounts of his enemies in a string of flashy martial arts moves and skilled firearm marksmanship. Every action scene in the film flows great and they are very entertaining to watch.
I believe that John Wick is one of the best action films of the past few years. Reeves’s character is as fascinating as he is mysterious, and the beautifully choreographed fight scenes are wonderful to watch. Fans of action packed and stylish films should look no further than John Wick.
The Verdict: A