John Wick Brings “The Baba Yaga” Out Of Keanu Reeves

It’s official, Keanu Reeves is back.  He hasn’t been necessarily M.I.A, but it has been a while since I last saw him in a decent film. As an action film enthusiast, I’m happy to say that “John Wick” does not disappoint. There will be great action sequences and an awesome soundtrack.

Why Is John Wick Called “Baba Yaga”?

According to the film, “Baba Yaga” means Boogeyman in Russian. However, John Wick is not the Boogeyman. He’s the one you “send” to kill the Boogeyman.

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What Makes John Wick So Good?

The premise is very simple. Basically, some thugs kill John’s puppy and John decided to kill them all. To be honest, I didn’t expect the film to be that good. However, I’m glad that I was wrong. If you ask me, does the story make sense? No. But then again, I’m not expecting a reasonable story. As a spectator, I’m looking for pure entertainment and “John Wick” delivers in that department.

Keanu Reeves Is Amazing

Some people say that Keanu Reeves cannot act, I have another take on this subject. Now that I’ve seen the “final product” I believe he was the perfect casting choice. Just take a closer look at the character: who is John Wick? He used to kill people for a living but now he has retired. Unfortunately, his wife has also passed making him a new widow living a relatively quiet life. Having said that, who are we looking for?

  • Someone that can play a professional killer and still have the audience rooting for him. Whether people like Keanu as an actor or not, he has that likeability factor working for him.
  • He can’t be the stereotypical tough guy/badass like Denzel Washington… The “don’t mess with me” aura cannot be too evident. The man needs to look like someone who could get his ass kicked once in a while.
  • The actor playing John needs to physically fit for the part, because he is going to kill a lot of thugs in the film.

Therefore, Keanu is the man for the job. Do not forget: he has Matrix under his belt. That really helps to cement his reputation in this type genre. Any film that has its lead getting his ass kicked so he can start kicking some ass.

The Body Count In John Wick Is Insane

If someone kills your pet, are you really going to take down an entire gangster empire just to get some closure? Maybe not, but once again “John Wick” is not about coherence. Watching someone on a quest for revenge is entertainment at its best. John’s character is very unapologetic about his actions. He was done wrong and now someone needs to pay.

The parallel universe portrayed in “John Wick” is just too cool. The “Continental” is such a brilliant business idea. Just think about: a hotel that only caters to assassins? What a fine example of creative thinking… One thing is for sure, here everybody knows who John is, his reputation really precedes him. Every organization needs a set of rules to function and The Continental is no exception. The place works like any other hotel. However, there’s one golden rule. Guests cannot their “businesses” at the hotel.

Final Thoughts On “John Wick”

The film has a relatively “modest” budget compared to today’s Hollywood standards. However, that hasn’t affected its quality — good things come in small packages. The action sequences are amazing because they look very realistic. Finally, someone is bringing things back to basics! Keanu performed most of his stunts, which is not bad at all for a man of his age. I guess in his case, the 50s are the new 30s. Respect!

There wasn’t a single dull moment in the film. When the credits started to roll, I felt myself wanting more and this how I know I watched some good stuff. It’s probably too soon to say this, but I really hope they make a sequel out of it. I’m glad John Wick made actions films and Keanu Reeves cool again.

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