This was one movie that I preserved a lot of optimism for, despite the recent form of Keanu Reeve’s last movie appearances. Man of Tai Chi, 47 Ronin…Keanu was quickly falling from grace with those atrocities. John Wick was that last chance to prove that he could still be a part of a great project. Nonetheless, the potential to surprise us all was very strong with this movie. So how was it?
John Wick is a revenge flick about a retired hit man who loses his wife and while he is mourning, another precious life to him and his car are both robbed of by a Russian mob. It soon turns out that that was a case of petty scum bags screwing with the wrong guy. Now he comes out of retirement to deliver cold served revenge and piling up quite the body count while at it.
My General thoughts on John Wick, it’s a fun movie and I liked it! It was quite a ride but with a few obvious bumps here and there. First of all it’s a plain and simple action flick that doesn’t try to be complex in its story and delivery. This movie is just nuts, and it displays so very intentionally. The cinematography at the beginning is great and helps fuel the tone of the preceding tragedy.
Now here’s what matters the most in any action movie, the action. Putting aside how believable it was, the action in John Wick was amazing to look at! The gun-play was fantastic and unique in a way I haven’t seen since “Equilibrium”. The way he takes out his enemies was precise and he made it look damn good! If anything this style is what defined the movie…that with the awesome electric background music playing as the carnage went down. The movie had everything you’d expect from a standard action movie, guns, fights, explosions, 100 vs 1 kinda scenarios and a car chase (which had an unforgivable ending to a certain Dodge Charger).
The characters may have seemed grey and blank, but that was done intentionally to portray their line of work which matched well in well this sort of flick. John Wick’s world was one of an underground order of assassins who follow a strict code of conduct. Their sort of safe house in the form of a hotel where the assassins hanged out was a great concept and I loved how they did business. With that background though, the only assassin who came off as deadly was John Wick alone. The other assassins from his organization were lame and I feel that was a big let down given how their secret society was depicted.
John Wick had great acting from great actors that are some of my personal favorites. It was great to see, apart from Keanu: Willem Dafoe, John Leguizamo, Ian McShane and Game of Throne’s Alfie Allen. Unfortunately, their rolles in this movie were so generic as if their talents were not taken advantage of. Alfie Allen’s character was only menacing in the beginning when he crossed John Wick to form the grounds for revenge, but after that he was nothing but a running whoose. If anything, the movies main antagonist was the Russian mob boss, rather than the thugs who messed with John.
This movie had some moments that absolutely made no sense, like when John Wick has a clear line of fire to his main target and doesn’t take the shot. Also, his killing techniques seemed a bit too much…it takes just one head shot to kill a man, doesn’t have to be three! But if you give a damn about such logic, then you’ll be doing yourself a disservice and won’t enjoy this movie. Sure it did feel that it dragged on longer than it should have, but majority of it was enjoyable. In the end, it’s an action movie not set out to be a masterpiece, but it delivers where it has to. John Wick is an aight movie, so give it a try and have a blast in the process. Me, I’d want to see a sequel!
[Cheerz for reading! And always keep in mind: War doesn’t determine who’s right, War determines who’s left]
MJX 2017 VOLUME 2 | Sign Up for the Cosplay Showcase!
ABOUT THE COSPLAY SHOWCASE! AT MJX NOVEMBER
NOTE: It’s going to be fun! Whether you want to make a new costume, use a previous one, (or borrow) you are encouraged to do what’s best for you, and most importantly, have fun and meet fellow cosplayers.
Why Sign Up? This will help us properly plan the segment not only for you, but for the other cosplayers. Our first Cosplay Showcase! was during our first Cosplay Community Kenya #CosComKE Workshop in February 4th, 2017.
What will happen:
You will get to strut your stuff, show off your costume and props. Each registered participant will have a few moments to tell the audience something brief about their costume and why they picked the character they did… and do a lil’ something-something for the crowd, that’s reminiscent of their character. Easy-peezy, right?
Discounted event ticket price for all registered cosplayers. Secondly, on-location professional photography for all registered Cosplayers. Later, a select number of cosplayers (5 from each day) will be picked for an exclusive special professional cosplay photography shoot in studio the following week. The images from this studio shoot will be edited into composites, looking really cool and ‘wow!’. These images will look like they’ve been taken from the world of movies, anime, comic books that the you got your inspiration from! Visual examples below:
MJX 2017 VOLUME 2 | Justice League, Gaming, Cosplay and More! Come Together
The Movie Jabber Expo, or MJX abbreviated, is a multi-entertainment convention featuring movie screenings, gaming, local and international comic books, merchandise, cosplay, and so much more. MJX is owned and organized by Movie Jabber. This year’s second event is themed around Justice League.
They can’t save the world alone and you can’t have fun alone. It’s convention time, again! Join us on Saturday 18th and Sunday 18th November for this year’s volume two of MJX. A ticket allows you to experience one JUSTICE LEAGUE screening in IMAX 3D, video gaming, access to comic books and more within the exhibition area. And of course a chance to cosplay and enjoy the services of a professional photographer on hand purely for the cosplayers!
MJX EVENT DETAILS
Event: The Movie Jabber Expo aka MJX
November Dates: Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th
Venue: Century IMAX on 1st Floor, at Garden City Mall, Thika Road Highway, Exit 7.
Time:10am – 7pm
One Day Access: 500Kshs. per day
Season Ticket: 800Kshs.
Ticket Pricing ONLY FOR Registered Cosplayers in full Costume:
(Payment at the Gate, in costume before receiving entry tags)
One Day Access: 300Kshs.
Season Ticket: 500Kshs.
What a Ticket Gives you Access To:
Once you have purchased your ticket you will get to experience the below:
1). Justice League IMAX 3D screening (one per day), 3D Glasses sold separately.
2). Gaming in the Gam’R Zone, 1st Floor Parking: get to experience, play and try out different new releases of the year.
3). Audience member for the in-cinema Gam’R Tournament in VIP Screen 2
4). Access to Exhibitor Zone, where you will get to purchase comic books, merch, fan memorabilia etc
5). Be part of the Cosplay Showcase.
6). Be part of or witness the battle of supreme fan knowledge going down in the Squad Showdown segment.
1). JUSTICE LEAGUE SCREENINGS
There will be three MJX screenings of Justice League on each day. Regardless of what ticket bundle you buy, you will be entitled to one screening per day of the film, in IMAX 3D, at no extra cost. Any additional screenings, or screenings outside of the MJX schedule will be at an extra cost. 3D glasses, popcorn and soda sold separately. Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult always.
2). COSPLAY SHOWCASE vs CASUAL COSPLAY
Can you cosplay at MJX? Yes you can! There are two ways to cosplay at MJX and both are welcome.
Cosplay Showcase: You can sign-up in advance (SIGN UP HERE) to showcase your cosplay by enjoying a brief moment in the spotlight on the main stage where you can show off your outfit, talk a little bit about your choice of costume and act out a signature stance, movement or action of the character you are cosplaying as. Cosplayers going the extra mile to showcase get to enjoy a discounted ticket price (NOTE: payment at the gate and in full costume) and free professional photography on both days of the event. But only if you register in advance before the deadline, Wednesday Nov 15th, hurry!
Casual Cosplay: is for those who want to cosplay, but be part of the crowd without having to showcase. You are totally welcome to do this, but please take note you will not be given access to free professional photography at the photography booths and you will pay the full ticket price.
3). GAM’R IN-CINEMA TOURNAMENT
Movie Jabber’s premiere gaming tournament held in cinema at this month’s MJX (Movie Jabber Expo). The mathematics of the equation are unbeatable: the excitement of gaming plus the massive cinema screen size for high impact visuals plus Atmos surround sound, equals one heck of an exhilarating experience! Are you game?
18 contestants on each day will battle it out through pool stages for supreme bragging rights and the ultimate gamer’s gift hamper to take home after mercilessly pummeling their opponents in the highly acclaimed INJUSTICE 2 on Saturday and TEKKEN 7 on Sunday. You must pre-register before the deadline to be a contestant. Don’t forget to purchase a ticket to the event at the desk or online here. Free t-shirts for every contestant, courtesy of Britania, and yes, you can sign up for both!
4). SQUAD SHOWDOWN!
Do you take some pride in your vast and accurate knowledge of all things pop culture? From movies, to TV shows, anime and manga? Care to put your money where your mouth is, put together a team and face off in the Squad Showdown segment and walk away with 12,000KSHS. cash bounty? If so, then sign up your team right now by sending the following details to email@example.com:
a. Team Name
b. Team Members (strictly 3. Not less nor more)
c. Team Leader and key contact person’s name and mobile number.
Schedule will be out soon!