The Worlds of John Wick
The Year's Work at the Continental Hotel
The Year's Work: Studies in Fan Culture and Cultural Theory
Published by: Indiana University Press
425 pages, 155.00 x 178.00 x 0.00 mm, 38 b&w illus.
- ISBN: 9780253062413
- Published: May 2022
Each John Wick film has earned more money and recognition than its predecessor, defying the conventional wisdom about the box office's action movie landscape, normally dominated by superhero movies and science fiction epics.
As The Worlds of John Wick explores, the range and depth of John Wick worldbuilding offers thrills that you simply can't find anywhere else. The franchise's hybrid revenge-thriller plot with the action of a Kung Fu flick attracts viewers nostalgic for genres popularized in the 1970s. Contributors consider everything from fight sequences, action aesthetics, and stunts to grief, cinematic space and time, and gender performance. The collective result reveals why John Wick is a hit despite a plot that the creators admit is neither complex nor original.
A deep dive into this popular neo-noir franchise, The Worlds of John Wick celebrates and complicates the cult phenomenon that is John Wick.
Introduction: The Worlds of John Wick, by Caitlin G. Watt and Stephen Watt
Part I: John Wick and Action Cinema
1. Red Circle of Revenge: Anatomy of the Fight Sequence in John Wick, by Lisa Coulthard and Lindsay Steenberg
2. Hidden in Plain Sight: Stunt-Craft Work in John Wick and the Networked Worlds of 87Eleven Action Design, by Lauren Steimer
3. Killing in Equanimity: Theorizing John Wick's Action Aesthetics, by Wayne Wong
Part II: The Economies and Phenomenology of the Wickverse
4. The Continental Abyss: John Wick vs. the Frankfurt School, by Skip Willman
5. Bitcoin, Shitcoin, Wickcoin: The Hidden Phenomenology of John Wick, by Aaron Jaffe
Part III: John Wick: Other Cultural Forms and Genres
6. Fortune Favors the Bold: The State of Games and Play in the John Wick Films, by Edward P. Dallis-Comentale
7. 'The One You Sent to Kill the Boogeyman': Folklore and Identity Deconstruction in the John Wick Universe, by Caitlin G. Watt
8. Captain Dead Wick: Grief and the Monstrous in the John Wick and Deadpool Films, by Mary Nestor
Part IV: John Wick's Matrix: Space and Time
9. Classical Orders, Modernist Revisions, Fantastical Expansions: Reading the Architecture of the John Wick Franchise, by Andrew Battaglia and Marleen Newman
10. Out of Time and Going Sideways: John Wick, Time Traveler, by Charles M. Tung
11. John Wick's Blank Cosmopolitanism and the Global Spatiality of the Wickverse, by Mi Jeong Lee
Part V: Gender and the Body in John Wick
12. John Wick's Multiply Signifying Dogs, by Karalyn Kendall-Morwick
13. Masculinity, Isolation, and Revenge: John Wick's Liminal Body, by Owen R. Horton
14. Professionalism and Gender Performance in the John Wickverse, by Vivian Nun Halloran
15. Style and the Sacrificial Body in John Wick 3, by Stephen Watt