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John Wick, This is Where I Leave You

John Wick

Keanu Reeves has been languishing for a long time. Ever since the Matrix trilogy wrapped up over a decade ago, he hasn’t been in much. And what he has been in hasn’t been very good. That all changed when he starred in John Wick. This is a true return to form for Reeves. John Wick is a fantastic, fun film that plays to Reeves’ strengths. Here, he plays the strong silent type who kicks copious amounts of ass. The story has been done a million times before. He’s a former assassin who got out of the business, but revenge pulls him back in. The way John Wick distinguishes itself from the pack is in the action sequences. The shooting and the fighting are like a ballet. They are extremely (perhaps beautifully) well choreographed. They manage to do things I’ve never seen in an action film before. Reeves is like a god of combat who dispatches countless nameless hooligans on his quest for vengeance. Plus, headshots, so many headshots. I was impressed by the visual style and the cinematography. Reeves delivers a good, restrained performance. This was an inventive action film, and it was nice to see Reeves in something good again.

Verdict: Awesome

This is Where I Leave You

This is Where I Leave You is a dramedy of the worst kind. It is rarely funny and it is barely dramatic. The general thrust is that the head of a dysfunctional family has died, and he requests that his family spend a week together to mourn him. His ulterior motive was to get the family to become closer. Basically, this doesn’t happen. Everyone has their heads stuck up their own asses to a preposterous level. Nobody can keep their lives or their relationships together. Everyone flies off the handle at any perceived slight. Everyone is detestable, and there are no characters to root for. In the end, they kind-of, sort-of make amends, but not really. The entire thing was an exercise in futility. Given the tremendous cast they assembled, the whole thing was a big letdown. They should have focused more on the comedy aspect, and maybe then the movie would have been watchable.

Verdict: Shitty

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8 Responses to “John Wick, This is Where I Leave You”


  1. September 20, 2015 at 4:13 am

    Can’t do much but agree with you on John Wick. Such a blast, such a magnificently violent thing.

  2. September 20, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    I love John Wick so much I actually watched it again. Well, most of it. It was on the movie channel and the dog was already dead, so I stuck around for all the awesome. I haven’t bothered to watch a movie twice in forever.

    That other movie looks like shit, and I’m sorry you had to watch it.

  3. 5 Paragraph Film Reviews
    September 28, 2015 at 6:12 am

    The only thing I love more than John Wick is the fact that they’re now making more John Wick films! Thought it was a smart move putting a stuntman behind the camera, as he knew how to best choreograph and film the action.

    Headshot galore. Double-tap city. Bone-breaking goodness!!!!


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