I’ve had the John Wick movies on my To Watch list for a long time, but after the third one came out and the internet exploded, they became a priority. And after Margaret from Cinematic Corner fell in love (and lust) with Keanu Reeves, it became an obligation / requirement 🙂 But I was more than happy to oblige because, well, he is hot and I do like the tall, dark and mysterious type, which he excels at playing.
John Wick 1 was a great start to the franchise and it was probably my favorite of the bunch. It was a great setup for the character and the world he lives in. The fighting was definitely a strong point, just because it was the first time seeing him do it (in the other films, for me at least, it gets kind of old). I loved the whole puppy-gets-killed-I-must-revenge storyline, and though the Russian mobsters seemed kinda cliche, it somehow worked here (Alfie Allen with a Russian accent is hilarious).
John Wick 2 was also interesting, even though my heart broke when I saw what they did to his Mustang- I absolutely adore that car and to see it destroyed was heart-wrenching (yes, I do get attached to cars, I’m a driver). Since I’ve had time to think of it, JW 2 was also really strong in terms of script: the storyline of him paying his debt and becoming a wanted fugitive was very strong and entertaining. Gotta give props to Claudia Gerini for being a badass (I loved her bath monologue) and to Common for the awesome fight scenes.
John Wick 3 was the weakest link of the trilogy for me. Some of the fight scenes were so long, they bored me (looking at you, Chinatown and Continental mirror room scenes). Halle Berry was underused and underdeveloped. The sudden switch from being hunted by the High Table to hunting someone for the High Table felt a bit off. I did enjoy some scenes and I was so happy to see Lance Reddick (the front desk guy) in a more active role.
Overall, the John Wick films are very entertaining. The action is good, the characters are cool and Keanu Reeves is the perfect assassin: dark, stylish, a man of few words who gets the job done. It also helps he is extremely hot- I definitely get the appeal. Quiet and mysterious always wins over loud and arrogant. And if he wears black suits and loves puppies, well then, it’s a no-brainer 🙂