'Nobody' Is A Successful Knockoff Of John Wick
By Sal LoCicero | March 31, 2021
It’s been awhile since a movie came along that focused on pleasing moviegoers with a fun night out while sticking to its storyline. That is certainly what Bob Odenkirk’s new movie offers. ‘Nobody’ is a movie that is fun, bloody, action packed, and quite hilarious all at the same time. It is fully aware of itself in that it is a complete knockoff of the ‘John Wick’ movies, but the movie owns that fact.
Bob Odenkirk stars as Hutch Mansell, who is your average neighborhood family man. He goes to work, forgets to put his garbage pail to the curb, exercises, makes breakfast for his family, and repeats his routine day in and day out. Until one day, two people rob his house taking a few items belonging to Hutch and his family. This event leads Hutch - a nobody - to revisit his dark past.
Everything from the trailer to the story is exactly reminiscent of the first ‘John Wick’ movie. A small little event happens which in turn causes the character to go on a killing spree. However, there is more to story than just a home invasion. This movie actually worked out well. ‘Nobody’ was lucky enough to receive the right treatment from the right filmmakers. If anyone else had attempted to make this movie, it would’ve been a forgettable misfire. This has got to be one of the best movie knockoffs. This is a much darker knockoff that doesn’t lose sight of depicting the nastiness that is shown during a fight scene.
Speaking of fight scenes, the filmmakers know how to make a scene bloody and raw without allowing it to be distasteful. While bloody, it’s also exciting to watch. At times it comes off as a more realistic version of John Wick, given that our main character doesn’t just start kicking ass left and right. He gets his ass beaten as well, which most movies don’t even bother to show about a character to make him or her a more realistic character. At times, some of the sequences come across as imaginary due to how everyone in a major car accident tragically dies except for our main character who survives with a few bruises. Moments like that do occur a few times here and there.
Bob Odenkirk, who transitions from Saul Goodman to a badass like Hutch Mansell, is quite a step in his career. Odenkirk is the main reason why it is easy to be engaged in the movie. His portrayal of the character is so intriguing and Odenkirk adds to every aspect of this character. Christopher Lloyd makes an appearance after years of being invisible in Hollywood. If we had more time with Christopher Lloyd’s character, he would’ve been the scene-stealer. The scenes with Lloyd could possibly make your day as they are hilarious and awesome.
The electronic pop music is reminiscent of John Wick. Even the cinematography by Pawel Pogorzelski blends in perfectly with the story’s subject matter. It’s surprising how Pogorzelski went from movies like ‘Hereditary’ to a big budget feature like ‘Nobody’. While the cinematography was not as brilliant as ‘Hereditary’ or ‘Midsommar’; either way, props to him.
If you are looking for a fun night out at the movies for an hour and a half, or if you are in the mood to see a good spring action movie, then ‘Nobody’ is the movie for you.
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