ashleigh!’s review published on Letterboxd:
recommend me films!
An eye for an eye, isn’t that what they say? Or, I suppose a dog for you, as well as everyone you know, would suffice as well.
There’s something to be said about confidence in your film’s style. Even if you know there are going to be more of them, why wait to establish what they’re going to encompass?
The boldness within John Wick is extremely gripping, I don’t know if I’ve ever been dragged into the world of a film so quickly, and if I’ve ever exclaimed “woah”, “this is so cool”, or some variation during anything before.
This movie also establishes a lot of interesting moral questions when it comes to our protagonist and even the people around him. John Wick is slick and an absolute badass, yes, but he’s also suffering. He’s lost. At its core, this is something that can be seen as mean spirited and angry, and while it is, there’s also something deeply human about it. We hear about how John’s life as a hitman will always come back to haunt him, several times, and each time there is a sort of devastated look on his face. It’s always interesting when films give their action stars depth, because at the end of the day, they are human. They fall in love. They lose things. They grieve. They cling to little things. I can’t wait to see how and if this further gets developed in the following films.
This is the perfect balance of jaw dropping action, great visuals, as well as establishment of characters. Origin is always important in telling a story, as it can determine whether or not the rest is really worth it, and this is one that made me immediately interested in seeing how the rest of this story unfolds.