Hey, would you look at that, the man still got it. But is the movie any good? Let’s take a walk down Tango Lane, to see what I thought about John Wick, the last film in the long line of films about retired hitmen coming back to “the life” to set things straight.
There’s nothing At all new about this movie. Nothing original what so ever. But just like last year’s Equalizer, there is something here that makes it work. I don’t know if it’s the action, the actors, the editing or the direction, but it is something. Maybe it’s the fact that the reason behind John Wick’s un-retirement is that they killed his dog that makes it work? I don’t really know, and honestly…. I don’t really care, ’cause I’m not the one to complain when I see a good movie. Oh, so it was a good movie? Oh yeah, this is definitely one for the shelf. Tango’s ‘Stamp of Approval’ received, and with honors to boot!
But let’s take a moment to think about some of the highlights of this film. First off, the dog. Not the most usual of plot devices for a revenge-flick, but this dog in particular must be one of the cutest dogs in cinema to date. Kinda makes the whole ‘killed the dog’ thing even worse, though. Not sure what breed it was, but I kinda want one of my own now…
Another thing is this underground “club” of assasins and hitmen John Wick is (or was) a part of. It was an interesting take on what otherwise only goes by “The organization”, “The corporation” or something to that effect so that’s a big plus. Also, they had this funny coin thing, in which they had to use a coin slot to get in to a club and stuff like that. Kinda neat to see. I always wondered how that whole hitman-world worked and now I know…. well, at least how That world works.
Keanu Reeves gives us, in my opinion (’cause F*CK the Matrix!), his best performance since Point Break, but he’s not at all alone in carrying this film. Oh no, on the contrary. What carries this film is the small, but big, ensemble of actors, all doing their part do drive this movie forward. Willem Dafoe is brilliant as the mysterious, but honorable, man that’s hired to take John Wick out, just as Michael Nyqvist (Go Sweden!!) does his russian mobster with ease. Not to mention both Ian McShane’s charismatic Winston and John Leguizamo’s small but brilliant Aurelio, and of course Adrianne Palicki’s beautiful but treacherously dangerous Ms. Perkins. Always a treat to see Palicki kick some ass!
Well, that’s it for now, but as always… more goodies coming soon. I just have to think of them first. But until then….