The animal magnetism narrative was inspired. We don't really know who John Wick is as the film opens. We do see that he and his wife were truly, madly, deeply in love in New York. She took ill and died. He was at her hospital bedside. After her funeral, he gets a special delivery and a note. The wife had arranged for a gift to be sent to him after her death. The gift is the cutest little puppy you've seen in a modern movie. The loving wife felt the puppy could help John through his grief and loneliness.
My partner bought us a little turtle. It made me laugh when he showed up with it because I hadn't had a tiny turtle like that since I was a kid. After Richard died, and days after his funeral, I came home from work one evening to find that the turtle had died. I sobbed. All that loss came up again like a tidal wave in my heart. All the sorrow and all the anger because Richard was gone. I understood the rage of Keanu's film character over the death of the puppy. That was some clever scriptwriting from Derek Kolstad. Former stuntman turned director Chad Stahelski gives us a slick action thriller that's a entertaining weekend pastime. Stahelski was a stuntman on Point Break (1991) and The Matrix (1999), both starring Keanu Reeves.
Willem Dafoe, John Leguizamo and Ian McShane co-star in John Wick.
For a DVD double feature that puts some doggie style affection into your weekend, here's my tip for a movie to rent along with John Wick.
It's also got a lead male character who lost a loved one, carries grief in his heart and has a cute little dog to walk him through his loneliness. THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST stars William Hurt, Geena Davis and Kathleen Turner. The novel of the same name is my favorite book by Anne Tyler and The Accidental Tourist is one of my favorite films of the 1980s. William Hurt deservedly got a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his performance as Macon Leary, the best-selling travel writer. Macon lost a child and his marriage fell apart.
Enjoy your weekend and the movies.