The Blank Book #2: John Wick 2 and Action Movies

I originally was going to write a review, but I watched John Wick 2 last night and I loved it. But this post is not going to be about how good the movie is, but rather the problem with action movies today.  I love movies and action movies are one of my favorite genres. The visceral brutality or the elegance of Kung-Fu or a skilled fighter taking on several other and the list goes on and on. There is nothing that gets an audience more excited than a beautifully shot action scene with great editing and a soundtrack to back it up. The problem is that is getting less and less often today. When I watched John Wick 2, every action scene was clear. The director, cinematographer, and everyone involved did a fantastic job of keeping the action clear. It also helps that Keanu Reeves does actually know what he is doing and can perform the action himself. I don’t recall any scene in the movie where shaky-cam was used. Each action scene moved at a nice pace and you could clearly see what was happening.

The problem is action movies nowadays have used the hyper active editing style that is quite common. It seems that the movies opt for a lightning pace that they believe recreates the frenetic pace that they are trying to go for. As a result, quick cuts that end up resulting in a million amount of cuts combined with techno music and odd shots have become the standard and it absolutely sucks. The action becomes blurred  and often confusing as there is no clear shot of, well, the action. Take for example, Iron Fist. I actually liked Iron Fist and believe it’s better than Luke Cage. However, this style I described is used quite often. The worst action scene in the entire series occurs in one of the first several episodes where Danny fights someone in a file room. There are an obscene amount of cuts aimed to hide the fact that actor Finn Jones has little to no experience of fighting. Although, it was revealed that he was given about 30 minutes to practice before they filmed. Still, the quick cuts were jarring and terrible causing me to lose track of who was fighting who. The show could have been better (but I think most of that is due to the terrible showrunner Scott Buck. I hope he doesn’t mess up Inhumans).

I hope this trend does not continue for the sake of action movies. I love action movies, but they have become more and more muddled with these type of action scenes. Please let there be more action movies with scenes such as John Wick 2.

The Blank Book #1: My Most Anticipated Movies

This is something new I want to try. It can get a bit mundane just writing book reviews, TBR’s, etc. So this series, I guess, allows me to write about whatever I want. I mean my life does not revolve around books, I love a bunch of other things too. This time it’s movies, specifically my most anticipated movies for the rest of the year.

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spider-Man is one of my favorite superheroes and my favorite Marvel hero so I was quite excited to see him in the MCU. Tom Holland was fantastic in Captain America: Civil War and his scenes with RDJ were even better. While I wish the 2nd trailer didn’t give away as much as it should have, I am still beyond excited for this movie. It’s the first Spider-Man movie where he is actually a teenager! The high school part of the movie seems more interesting than the action which is rare for me. I can’t wait for this movie!

Justice League

I know, I know, Zack Snyder has not really given us a reason to trust him. Batman v Superman was ok, but underwhelming. It just felt like he wanted to jam several years worth of movies to catch up to the MCU, although Ben Affleck was great as Batman.  Suicide Squad was solid on first viewing, but after a few more viewings, its flaws really start to show. The editing and writing is fairly bad, moreso the editing. It just did not match up with the movie. But I am still optimistic that he can at least make this an entertaining movie and the trailer showed some promising moments. He can’t possibly ruin this, right? (Please don’t ruin this, if there is one thing you must do right Zack Snyder it’s this movie.)

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle

The first Kingsman remains one of my favorite action movies of all time especially the church scene. It was pretty much making fun of the Bond movies, but I loved it! Matthew Vaughn’s slick directing style complements this movie so well and the tongue-in-cheek tone fits the movie as well. The trailer for the sequel recently came out and it looks to be an even bigger and hopefully, better movie.

 

Thor: Ragnarok

I am a big fan of the MCU, although I have always found the Thor series to be the weakest of the main Avengers. It was just boring and a bit generic considering the main character is a Norse God. But the trailer for this movie was just so cool which I somewhat attribute to the great song choice. Plus Taika Waititi is one of my favorite directors (Hunt for the Wilderpeople is one of my favorite movies from 2016) who seems to be embracing the space-bounty hunter-esque tone that kinda borrows from the Guardians of the Galaxy which I am totally cool with.

 

Baby Driver

I am not a big fan of Ansel Elgort as the Divergent  film series is not very good besides the first one which was solid. But Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz is one of my favorite movies of all time) is my favorite director and the trailer just looks so awesome! I haven’t seen a movie like this for quite some time,  an action movie centered around heisting and cars. The last one I remember watching something like this was The Italian Job over 10 years ago. I just can’t wait for this movie, it looks like such a good time.