Keegan ✌🏻’s review published on Letterboxd:
"John Wick isn't the boogeyman, he's the guy you send to kill the fucking boogeyman."
If you are ever handed the ridiculous premise of a dog getting murdered and an ex-hitman then taking out pure vengeance because of this terrible crime, coincidently upon the Russian mob, and you are then asked to make an action movie out of it starring Keanu Reeves...this is how you make a movie with the ridiculous premise of a dog getting murdered and an ex-hitman then taking out pure vengeance because of this terrible crime, coincidently upon the Russian mob, starring Keanu Reeves.
Very rarely does a crowd seem so connected with a movie that they cheer when the hero gets the upper hand, wince when he's in pain, and react to almost every punch, stab, slice and shot. But in my experience of John Wick in a surprisingly packed cinema full of the elderly mostly for some reason, I really got um... "jacked".
Keanu Reeves is back, oh boy is he back. With a vengeance! He is perfect as the cold and calculating killer John Wick who is almost forced out of retirement due to a chilling cold rage and vendetta against those who did him such inexcusable harm.
The world of the film is great, with very little exposition or explanation towards how these hitmen operate, it's quite fresh having to figure stuff out for yourself, rather than have it explained to you. It helps that the supporting cast and delivery of these scenes is also flowing and fast yet simple enough for the common viewer to catch onto.
What is easily the best element of the film is how the directors capture the action. Oh my word is the action in this perfect. Each shot, each punch and each moment of adrenaline-driven-violence is done with sleek and smooth choreography and a still yet focused direction. Yep, that's right folks, no shakeycam here. Just pure class, and it is awesome to behold. A scene where Wick makes his way through a club in particular is truly incredible and my friend next to me faked an orgasm at one point...or, at least I think he faked it.
Who would have thought this would be SO good? Don't believe me? See it for yourself. Just, don't attack me if for some demented reason you hate it.