Así que inclínate "John Wick 3" Hace 100 años el cine de acción

So bow down "John wick 3" 100 years ago action cinema

So bow down "John wick 3" 100 years ago action cinema

“John Wick: Kapitel 3” belongs squarely to the absolute non-plus-ultra in modern stunt action cinema. It’s no wonder director Chad Stahelski and Keanu Reeves bow down to the man with whom this started nearly 100 years ago …


With the series “John Wick,” stuntman Chad Stahelski has made a special genre of Hollywood action movies socially acceptable again: Awesome stunts are the driving force hereminus the story. So it’s no wonder it’s direct and explicit. refers to the legend of the cinema that once represented this type of cinema: Buster Keaton.

There is only a brief moment at the beginning of “John Wick 3” in which the main character played by Keanu Reeves runs through the streets, but in this scene an oversized projection of the silent film classic “The General” from 1926 closes in a wall look, by the way, we already did exactly that in a scene from “John Wick 2”.

From silent movies …

The masterpiece of Buster Keaton, best known as a comedian, isn’t one of the top ten action movies ever for nothing. Why Keaton is based on crazy authentic stunts that are still breathtaking and breathtaking today – as now Chad Stahelski with the series “John Wick”. It’s no wonder that the filmmaker not only cites Keaton as a role model, but has also stated in many interviews that he actually only steals his silent movie action scenes.

So it’s no wonder Chad Stahelski doesn’t just quote Buster Keaton. The filmmaker, who once achieved notoriety as Brandon Lee’s stunt double when he died while filming “The Raven” and Stahelski had to finish shooting the film as his friend’s stunt double, already on “John wick 2A mirrored closet scene based on Charlie Chaplin’s “The Circus” from 1928. There is a similar sequence in the third part, where Stahelski does not repeat himself, which makes it clear, among other things, by the fact that, strictly speaking , there are no longer mirrors used here. But, of course, Stahelski doesn’t just use silent films, which (somewhat generously rounded) are almost 100 years old.

… Until “The Raid” (and Leone in the middle)

This already makes this scene clear, which we do not want to delve into for spoiler reasons and therefore we only reveal a little: in it, the main character fights against two assassins played by Indonesian martial arts experts Yayan Ruhian and Cecep Arif. Rahman. Never heard? These are two of the best action acrobats in world cinema today, known for “The Raid 2” and for JJ Abrams also for a small appearance in “Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens” (along with their unfortunately absent partner Iko Uwais). They also represent the authentic action without net or false bottom, that Buster Keaton once made popular and that Stahelski continues today.

In this way, Stahelski bridges the gap between then and now and, of course, also cheerfully quotes all kinds of works in between. There is a sequence in which John Wick builds a western revolver from the individual parts of various other weapons, a reference to Sergio Leone’s “Two Glorious Scoundrels” where this also happens. And surely we will only discover many other allusions when we look again …

“John Wick: Kapitel 3” has been in theaters since May 23, 2019. – and not only for the repeated tribute to the great Buster Keaton, in our opinion it is worth the visit.

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