1 point for the stylish scenes and visuals, 1 point for the fascinating violence/civilized society, and that’s about it. The plot was terrible, just a revenge boosted action packed blockbuster with a stereotyped russian vilain. At least you get what you came for if you’re in for an authentic action movie.
Pure entertainment. It has it all. The characters and the intricate plot, the pacing that leaves you begging from anticipation and excitement, the motives and conflict resolutions, no loose threads or disappointments. All the build-ups that keep you high on expectation, they never let you down. Keanu has the most stylish and badass way of fighting I've ever seen. His whole body does the acting. No words needed.
Talking about technicalities is, at this point, redundant but it is required to mention the fantastic production value because without it the movie's a blank slate. It lacks the ambition to be more than what it is but by all means it doesn't need to be more than a cooked out action and as such, the director used laser focus to make what the film provides the very best it can be. 3 extra stars for incredible CGI trud.
Thoroughly entertaining, but it kind of tapers off near the end into typical action movie territory. The first half is fun, smart, and stylish, but it gets a little old really fast. In the end though, I enjoyed myself and I look forward to the sequel. However, if they kill any more dogs, I'M OUT.
John Wick's 1980's style cheesy comedy in a 1970s-style simplified revenge plot, with its Millenial execution of its video-game-like action scenes, all make it a good time waster. The film is much better in snarky mode than anything, with the flippant responses and one-liners surrounding Wick's occupation. Sadly, the bulk of the action scenes are cookie-cutter and repetitive in their conception and execution.
4.5 - a gem of caricature of genre of caricature. i have no choice but to take john wick's motive (dog killed, car stolen) to unleash medieval on the russians' ass seriously. action cliches are packed in the frames and narrative consciously, tastefully like a disciplined yet playful kid. a successful attempt to indigenize asian action cinema in hollywood
"John Wick" is what the "Punisher" films failed to be... and it didn't need a damned comic book to find some fresh originality, wit and style, despite being a retread of a very, very tired genre. Props to Kolstad's script, to stuntmen Stahelski and Leitch (uncredited) for a respectable directorial debut, and to Reeves for giving them the chance. 3.5 stars.