Directors: David Leitch and Chad Stahelski
Writer: Derek Kolstad
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, Willem Dafoe, Alfie Allen, John Leguizamo, Adrienne Palicki, Michael Nyquist, Bridget Moynahan
Studio: Summit

“John Wick” is a movie about a widower trying to make his way through the world shortly after his wife’s death. Wick finds companionship with a canine named Daisy, but Lily Allen’s brother kills it and steals his car. Naturally, the only proper response is murder. That’s why “John Wick” is the most sincere look at the grieving process for me. Redefining your life’s second act is a hard task for many Americans approaching their middle age. While Keanu is a long way from Johnny Utah and Neo, he’s finding roles that allow him to age with the graceful dignity afforded to professional killers.

Keanu Reeves has easily taken over a film that would’ve been tailor made for Bronson or Marvin roughly a few decades ago. Both of these men understood the power of roles that didn’t require major action, but relied on a few calculated scenes to create intensity. So many younger fans have grown up in an age where all they say is quick editing, closer quarters fights and snappy Statham quips. There’s more to cinematic fighting than attitude, you need to have character. That’s why I’m glad that Keanu has brought that back.

More than anything, I appreciate a film that builds a character before launching into action. It’s a full 23 minutes by my count before we get anything resembling a traditional action scene. We’ve got one friend of the site that worked on the film, so I got to hear it touted up for a bit. But, now…I’m thrilled by the end result. I just hope like hell that they don’t push for a sequel. Similar themes, not similar movies! I wish I could tattoo that mantra on a few studio executives’ heads.


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