Review: John Wick (2014)

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“John wasn’t exactly the boogeyman. He’s the one you sent to kill the fucking boogeyman.”
– Viggo Tarasov

SYNOPSIS: An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. – via IMDB

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GRADE 9Yes. Yes. Yes. That is all that I have to say. I was super amped to get to this and I must honestly say that it lived up to all my expectations and then some. I’ve watched this multiple times and it doesn’t get old, it doesn’t get boring. John Wick is, quite simply, just immense amounts of fun. Keanu Reeves is an actor that I thoroughly enjoy and will defend, bad movies and all. When he is properly cast, he owns, and that was precisely the case here. Plus, his outfits… hmmmmm.

John Wick is shot beautifully, touting a slightly washed out look but in-your-face neons that coloured it when necessary. It cannot be denied that the movie looked amazing, and had a pretty awesome score to carry it, too. I was a big fan of the action sequences, the choreography was simply stunning and I could not take my eyes off of it. I suppose having stuntmen directing this film gave it all the more oomph. The humour in here was dark and funny, and it certainly spoke to me.

Broyles Lance Reddick is an absolute hoot as the concierge at the front desk of the Continental, and I was so hoping that Ian McShane would get a line containing “cocksucker”, but no such luck (it would not have jibed with his character), it was awarded to someone else later on. Anyway, the plot is simple and straightforward, no silly bells and whistles and nothing to inundate it. The storytelling is deliberate, and within the first ten to fifteen minutes, you have what you need to understand everything and the plot moves on.

Wick is an impressive and enjoyable character, and I had quite a blast watching Bratva boss Viggo Tarasov quaking in his boots just to think of the drama that is about to unfold due to his son’s stupid actions. The cast that made their appearances is very good, too. I was a big fan of the costumes, too, because let’s face it, those suits were amazing. I was thrilled to hear Manson featured in here, finally sounding more like his old self again (let’s face it, Manson’s new album, The Pale Emperor, is his best album in years). 

John Wick is totally the type of movie I love when dipping my toes into this genre: no nonsense, dark, amusing in a smart way, well put together, and engaging. What a ridiculously stylish movie. Go watch it. Now. Really. 

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34 thoughts on “Review: John Wick (2014)

  1. Natasha says:

    Best one!

    This movie is without a doubt insanely awesome! I had ridiculous amounts of fun watching it with you!!

    I will never like Alfie Allen after Theon Greyjoy and this fucking idiot.

    Kidney

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    • Zoë says:

      Kindest!

      I am so glad that we are on the same page with this, and it was just too fun to watch it with you 😀 😀

      Ugh. I think you and I are on the same page with that one!

      Bkushi

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    • Zoë says:

      😀 I am so glad to hear that my love for it came across properly! Ooooh, do it! Every time I am through this movie I am ready to start it up again! I am sure you will have as much fun with this the second time around as you did the first.

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  2. Drew says:

    I really enjoyed this one, too. I would love to see something done with the Continental Hotel. That would be a great environment for a series filled with quick 10-15 minutes episodes, or a Netflix series, or a spin-off movie, or anything really! Great review, Zoe.

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  3. caragale says:

    I actually checked this out from my library for the weekend…and am now watching Dawn of the Planet of the Apes instead. Bahaha. I’ll probably end up having to take it back without watching it so I don’t get a fine, but I’ll keep this in mind as one to check out again some time. I’d heard good things, so I was kinda curious. But a 9 from you is a big deal, so I might just have to bump it up the list! Great work, lady!

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    • Zoë says:

      Look, I LOVED Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and that is a great thing to be watching, but you have got to rent this again ASAP and watch it. There is so much to love in this, and Reeves was awesome! Yeah, not often I score a movie like this, but this worked for me on so many levels.

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      • caragale says:

        I’ll keep it in mind! Haha I actually ended up giving it to my dad to watch and I think he liked it…so we’ll see what I think. 😉 And yes, I’d seen it already, but Dawn is awesome!!

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