Movie Review: John Wick

I was told to watch this movie and being the obedient person that I am…I put it off.

Saturday I finally watched it while doing laundry, because I needed something to do that didn’t involve working. It’s a 2014 release, so I don’t want to hear any complaints about spoilers. You’ve had more than enough time to see it.

 

First impression: I hate the color scheme. I’m not impressed with the music and I was bored out of my mind for the first 10 minutes.

Then the Andy (the beagle pup) made an appearance. He is flipping adorable. Okay, maybe it wouldn’t be so bad. Then Iosef aka Reek/Theon from Game of Thrones killed him.

Seriously? You don’t hurt the puppy.

Let’s back up a bit. John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is morning the loss of his wife due to cancer. Her last present to him is this puppy. So, he’s a bit attached to it.

When a Russian mafia bosses son, Iosef, played by Alfie Allen, decides to do something stupid and steal Wick’s car and kill his puppy, we discover Wick isn’t a nobody. He’s a retired hitman.

The description used to describe his skills comes from an exchange between the Mafia boss and his son.

Iosef: What is he? The boogie man?

Dad: He’s the one you send to kill the boogie man.

Yes, I cut a few unnecessary words, but you get the point. He’s dangerous.

And he’s out for revenge against Iosef.  The rest of the movie was slow paced and could have been resolved quickly by waiting  the dude out and putting him outta his misery with a simple double tap. Something a trained killer would likely do. But no, that’s too easy and smart. Instead, John Wick goes after him in the most populated places he can find. Of course, killing a load of mafia guys in the process.

Much of the action reminds me a video game. People are stationed in specific spots and John has to do x, y and z to get from one point in the room to another. I was waiting for him to killed and have to start the run over again. Or maybe I’m the only one that has to do that every single challenge in Tomb Raiders.

So, he can take on dozens of men twice his size with out any problems at all. Yet, he can’t seem to incapacitate a woman. Okay, yes, she’s kinda kick-ass, but there is no way in a hand-to-hand confrontation that she could win. No flipping way. After that, I just couldn’t get back into the movie.

If you like action, you’ll love this. The action is awesome as are the really cool weapons.

The rest was meh. And that might be to my distaste for Keanu Reeves in this role. It was like the light was on, but no body was home. He’s got all the right moves, but when he has dialogue, it’s like wow, that is horrible.

I liked him in several of his other roles, Bill & Teds Big Adventure. He makes a great goofball. He was good in Speed.

But, I didn’t like him in the Matrix either. There is just something off about him in action roles.

Would I watch it again? Maybe. If I didn’t have anything better to watch.

Here’s hoping John Wick 2 is better.

 

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