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Rob’s Quick Review: John Wick

John Wick on Cinedraft.com
Letter Grade:

The Good:

Shane Black-like writing

The Bad:

They try to get a little too cute with the subtitles.
Doesn't quite understand the physics of the timing of lightning and thunder.

Cast & Crew:

Director: Chad Stahelski, David Leitch
Writer: Derek Kolstad
Stars:Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willem Dafoe, Dean Winters, Adrianne Palicki

John Wick is a stylish, fast-paced take on the revenge action genre. It’s very well written, interlacing funny moments into the action sequences, reminding me of the best of Shane Black’s writing. I don’t quite understand the decision to go and seemingly randomly bold and colorize certain words in the subtitles.

Movie Review: G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Letter Grade:

The Good:

Good fight scenes.
Physics is less improbable than the first movie.
Better captures the essence of G.I. Joe.

The Bad:

Dull generic characters.
Nobody sees the need to actually act.
Seriously, nobody in this universe has heard that Cobra are the bad guys?

Cast & Crew:

Director: Jon M. Chu
Writers: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Byung-hun Lee, Adrianne Palicki

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of combat violence and martial arts action throughout, and for brief sensuality and language

I’ll say this for G.I. Joe: Retaliation: It is, by far, the best live-action G.I. Joe movie ever made. I went in fully expecting to hate this movie, and came out pleasantly surprised that it earned a “meh”. Retaliation picks up after the first movie, except with almost an entirely different cast of G.I. Joes. (Which I can’t blame them for.)  Zartan (Arnold Vosloo) is mimicking the real president (Jonathan Pryce) and occupying the White House. (Surrounding himself with Secret Service agents wearing Cobra lapel pins, and mentioning working with Cobra in national television addresses. Apparently absolutely nobody else in the government has ever heard of this super powerful evil organization.)  Zartan uses his power to back-stab the G.I. Joe team, leaving Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson), Lady Jaye (Adrianne Palicki), Flint (D.J. Cotrona), and Snake Eyes (Ray Park) on their own to battle Cobra, enlisting the help of G.I. Joe’s namesake, General Joe Colton (Bruce Willis). (more…)