I didn’t know much about it, going into it, other than the main character was an assassin whose dog dies
I binged all three movies in 24 hours and below I have compiled my thoughts on this spectacular bloodbath of a gorgeously choreographed franchise that deserves the attention of every action fan.
1. John Wick is amazing
2. The moment I first really connected to the character is when he receives Daisy - the heartbreak there and his attempt at healing devastated me. I know I’ve been there and it struck a chord with me
3. The way they developed the world is so lifelike and terrifying-the first film pulled a thread, and you think, it’s gotta end somewhere, but it keeps going and going and you want to see how it ends but you also don’t want to know because you are terrified for the life of this man who did the impossible-who got out.
4. The storytelling style reminds me of a video game-defeat the levels, mini bosses, to get to the true boss and the real villain. You have to break the system. And what seemed like a small impact i.e. The death of Daisy, set off a chain reaction that crumbled the foundation of their world.
5. John Wick is well known and respected for his work, but he also does not have any true allies. He is feared and revered: a king who keeps denying his crown, yet continues to defend his kingdom. Poetic
6. The One Above the Table under estimated the enemy he made the moment he made John swear fealty to him. He took one of the last precious remnants of John’s wife from him (honestly I hope that John kills the dude and takes the ring back) because he thinks that is where John’s weakness lies. Unfortunately for him, it is John’s greatest strength. Helen is the reason he left in the first place
7. Either Winston is a genius protecting John Wick’s life, or he used him like a pawn. I don’t believe he truly wanted him to die in the finale, however, the establishment is clearly important to him and he refused to give it up, so he would be willing to do anything to keep it.
8. 10/10 satisfied and hungry for more
Side note: Please stop hurting my baby John Wick. It’s been the worst month of his life and it’s about to get worse in Chapter 4
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood.
any tips on writing a good action/fight scene? i want to keep my readers intrigued without being repetitive or not descriptive or too descriptive. magic/powers will be involved.
I’ve seen some mixed advice here on writeblr on writing action scenes. The advice I see posted most commonly is keep the sentences short and snappy to move the pace along; it’s an action scene, it should be moving!
One problem I have with this advice is that people often confuse short sentences with briefness. Which can be great, but I don’t think it is able to support an entire scene, especially one with as much happening as an action scene! I often find myself getting confused reading action scenes, doing lots of “Wait—what? When did that happen?”
I think try and keep some of your sentences short; a good portion of them, maybe 60% (that is not an exact number haha. Just have more shorter sentences than longer ones). A lot of times, longer sentences help with the flow; if you’re just reading short sentence after short sentence, your readers will feel like they’re tripping over the words!
I think because, as I said, a lot happens in fight scenes, a lot of the time people just default to telling the action, telling the readers what happens. (Even then I get confused lol.) My advice would be to use strong words and descriptive verbs. It’ll keep the action moving without feeling under-detailed. Any description you have should pertain to the action. Try and get in your character’s head; if they were in the middle of this fight scene, what would they really be noticing?
On the magic front, I think the same stuff goes. Describe what the magic is doing, and if it is coming from your character, how does it feel?
On the being repetitive front, I’d say write write write, and then read it over. Any time you feel like something is said more than once, either get rid of it or try to find another way to say it. Don’t worry about that going in; it can be refined on the second pass!
Hope this helps! I don’t write a lot of action, but this is what I’ve picked up from reading action and some tips on Tumblr. Best of luck xx