The Most Paused Moments in the 'John Wick' Franchise

The Most Paused Moments in the 'John Wick' Franchise

2020/07/01

Thanks to the roles that have defined his career over the past 30 years, Keanu Reeves isn't always thought of as the most emotive actor. You want the goofy spaciness of Ted "Theodore" Logan or the zen quietude of Neo from The Matrix, he's your guy. If you want someone who's going to deliver a performance that's full of emotion and energy, well, he might not be your first call.



John Wick, however, shows us that's not always the case. Sure, John has the same quiet intensity that Reeves has brought to plenty of his other roles, and his understated reactions make a lot of the movie's more comedic moments work — for example, when that nervous cop says, "You, uh, workin' again, John?" — but that just makes it better when he finally snaps. And snap he does. The scene where John has his first face-to-face confrontation with Viggo is one of the most iconic moments of the entire franchise, with that half-growling, half-shouting delivery of, "Yeah, I'm thinkin' I'm back." It's a moment so cool it was featured in the trailer, and it makes the whole scene incredibly memorable.



It also makes it worth pausing, for a couple of reasons. For one, we rarely get to see Reeves in a full-on rage, and seeing that here makes it pretty easy to believe those rumors that Wick is actually a supernatural creature capable of terrible things. As for the other, well, considering that this scene builds to Reeves shouting, "You can either hand over your son, or you can die screaming alongside him," you might need to take that pause just to calm down. It's a good scene.















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