Ian McShane

John Wick, he’s thinking he’s back.

Let’s start with this, I am a Keanu Reeves fan. Very few of his films have I not liked. I understand the guy gets a lot of flak, and he can be very cheesy, but put in the right role and he is phenomenal. Replacements, Hardball, Bill & Ted, the 1st Matrix, Speed, Devil’s Advocate, freaking Point break! Good films, all in which Keanu is great in! Now that’s not to say he hasn’t turned in some stinkers. I understand. But what actor hasn’t? Keanu is talented. And John Wick, this one, this is the return to stardom.

John Wick, the newest endeavor starring Keanu Reeves. Directed by two stunt men, David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, and stars among Reeves, Michael Nvqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean Winters, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo, and William Dafoe. I can honestly tell you I knew nothing about this film until about a month ago. I was watching some trailers for upcoming films and random a new one popped up Called John Wick. Starring Keanu. Now I though what most thought after 47 Ronin, aw man, this is not going to be pretty. But then, after watching I was amazed. I thought to myself, this movie looks freaking awesome! Now if you haven’t watched the trailers, there are going to be spoilers. But as long as you have seen the trailers, you’ll be fine……. Ok that said, they killed his dog! Regardless of the fact that in Hollywood, you never kill the dog, this was a no-no! You knew right away him going to mess some people up! Question is, would the film live up to what should happen, due to the killing of a dog! Your answer, DAMN STRAIGHT IT DOES!

John Wick follows the story of an ex hit man (Reeves) as he is pulled back into the life after a mobster’s son (Allen) steals his car and kills his dog. Same basic story right? We’ve seen it a million times, hit man is forced back for one more job. Not so Generic this time. It ran the risk of coming back after the dog, something else happens that makes it more important, like always. Nope. You killed my dog, I’m going to f^(# you up! And that’s it, that’s your story, everyone in his way, he’s going to kill. The story is basic to a point, but it is the execution that makes it so incredible. It is such a fun film! It is filled with humor, and not like joke, joke, joke, it’s just this is a fun situation. I can’t help but laugh at the predicament these villains are in. Yes the villains are in trouble. It’s so generic when a films antagonist is full of themselves and not worried about the protagonist. This one, flips the script. The Bad guy knows he’s screwed because his son killed the dog of the most dangerous killer in history! It is epic!

The cast is perfect. Everyone knows there role and plays to it. This is the type of film that is made for Keanu! His acting is cheesy to a point, but it needed to be. There are a few emotional scenes that you sit there and say to yourself, yes, this is the guy that brought us the Matrix. This is the guy who can truly deliver us a great performance. The directors are spot on. As stunt men, they make the action that they have coined as Gun-Fu, very distinct and prevalent. Watching the film I wanted to call it a through back to 80’s action, done with 90’s style, updated for today’s audience. It is incredible!

John Wick has such potential for a franchise as well. And not so much for just continuing stories of John Wick himself, but for the world they have created! The film creates this near video game like under world of assassins, that have a hotel that they all can live at where the rules are strict, giving them a place a safe haven from the dangers of their world. There is soooo much potential in this idea. Whether John Wick is involved or not, a spin off idea is great!

Negatives, I honestly don’t have any. I loved every minute of this film. Not that it is an academy award worthy film, but it was the most fun I have had in the theater since Guardians of the Galaxy. It is just a damn fun time! I gave it a 5.8 overall, with a .4 bonus for such a fun time, giving it a final Jeebus score of 6.2, JEEBUS-TACULAR! I implore you to go see this film! Let’s not have another Edge of Tomorrow debacle! Because honestly, people keep asking if Keanu is back, and I’m thinking, Yea, he’s back. Take on Dr. Strange, Ted!

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I AM HERCULES!

HERCULES! Starring Kellen Lutz, wait, scratch that, wrong film. Hercules! Starring The Rock! That’s better. Hercules tells the story of the Son of Zeus, as told in the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars. The film is the second film based on Hercules this year, and all though I haven’t seen The Legend of Hercules, I had high hopes that this film would be better than I was told Legend was. Hercules is Directed by everybody’s favorite X-Men ruining director Brett Ratner, now hold on, he did the Rush Hour films, those were good. Ratner directs The Rock along with Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan, and John Hurt. So the questions remains, does The Rock’s bring Hercules to life? Or is Ratner’s film a Greek tragedy? Well……

It’s a Brett Ratner film……

That sums up the most of it. That sums up the most of it. The Film follows Hercules (Rock), the alleged son of Zeus, and his band of mercenaries. Hercules has a troubled past, yet is good at heart. His services are hired to over throw a tyrant who is taking the land one city at a time. As Hercules and his crew fight a war that is not theirs, they slowly realize they may not be in a war that believed they were.

The story in my mind is rather weak. I wanted a true Hercules story. I wanted the son of Zeus. This version of Hercules is more of a maybe he is, maybe he isn’t story. Are the legends true? Is he a mere mortal? We’ll just leave that up to you. Thanks Ratner.

Hercules starts out, I will say terribly. The opening scene is literally a remake of the opening scene of The Scorpion King. I was immediately worried about what I was watching. However, as the film progresses, despite its flaws, it actually becomes fun. It just takes a minute to get there. Eventually though, it’s a fun popcorn film. I found myself sitting back and no longer worrying about the terrible dialog or horrible direction, and I just began to enjoy the craziness.

Like I said the dialog is horrendous. I mean I didn’t expect the 300 dialect, but at least try a little. This is ancient Greece, there shouldn’t be todays slang. As well you a very aware you are watching a cheesy Ratner film. Puns, crappy jokes, terrible story. There’s also the very cliché “Haha I’m the bad guy out of nowhere, and I’m bad because I’m bad” villain moment that takes you out of the film. Luckily Rock is able to pull you back.

The casting is pretty decent. Rock is The Rock. John Hurt is great as City’s, King of Thrace. Rufus Sewell plays Hercules wise all-knowing companion, and is probably one the most entertaining characters in the film. There is also discount Lady Sif, played by discount Jaimie Alexander. Well I guess discount Xena played by discount Lucy Lawless is more appropriate. Either way Ingrid Bolso Berdal was in the film. I don’t really know who she is either, don’t worry.

In the end, Hercules is definitely more fun Transformers Age of Extinction was. Goes to show you can have a mindless movie that makes no sense but is at least still fun. I’m Giving Hercules a Jeebus Score of 3.1. Check out the Matinee.