A review by my friend Gleb. I have yet to see this film, but his account was not working and I promised he could use mine to post it.
John Wick is a movie that I was hesitant to see, but not entirely sure I made that right choice quite yet. As it stands, John Wick strikes me as a generic action thriller, with more than enough cliche action movie scenes to satisfy your need for "epic" final fight scenarios for a while to come still. I'll begin with the negatives, then top it off with the positives. John Wick is, as stated before, generic. Aside from that, I found the colors unbelievably bland. Nothing is ever properly colored. Everything is a depressing color, with tinges of grey in every scene. That being said, no scene has ever taken place during the day. Save for cinematic shots, which for some reason bring the scene to either late evening (sundown) or, again, night time shots. My last complaint of this film would be the awfully misguided motive for John Wick's actions. I won't spoil it, but, it's quite a small matter to go on the adventure that John sets out on. Onto the positives. The motive, despite it being seemingly ridiculously over exaggerated, could be twisted enough to provide a suitable motive. The fight scenes are rather creative, and although obviously unrealistic, do provide suitable entertainment. What really gets me with this film is how detailed the world is. There is no focus on the real world, only the underground world which John Wick is ultimately a part of. The connections with the people around him, speak more about John's character than his actions alone.
In short, I would rate John Wick a 6.5 out of 10. Colors need to be used more, and a better motive could have been used, it's no "edge of my seat" kind of movie, but it definitely gets the job done for entertainment in the action genre. At some points even more so than other action films.
While the film's indicates are slightly obvious, Buster Keaton's second feature is still a favourite of mine amongst the collection and dare I say, almost contests the ingenuity of Sherlock Jr. The characters are vibrant, the plot is hilarious and while the satire is dated, Keaton's slapstick is unique even amongst Chaplin and Lloyd's greatest work.
A gorgeously photographed, vividly detailed traumatic experience that demonstrates hints of nihilistic belief for the sake of causing a stir and causing the audience to read further into its' voluntarily enigmatic premise.