Neo-Noir Aspects and Their Impact on the "John Wick" Movies.  

Visual Style: Neo-noir uses low-key lighting, high contrast, and moody cinematography. Dark and stylish, the "John Wick" flicks combine moody lighting, shadowed interiors, and neon-lit urban settings to recall film noir.  

Moral Ambiguity: Neo-noir typically blurs morality and existentialism. In "John Wick," the protagonist's revenge is fueled by personal grief, but he often makes immoral judgments and forms criminal connections, representing neo-noir's moral grayness.  

Neo-noir often involves antihero protagonists who defy morality. In "John Wick," a retired hitman returns to violence and criminality, symbolizing the reluctant antihero seeking atonement or revenge.  

The "John Wick" movies feature elements of the femme fatale stereotype, though not as prominently as in film noir. Ms. Perkins and Sofia's cleverness, ambiguity, and seduction shape the story and heroine.  

Urban deterioration, corruption, and moral decay are common in neo-noir. In "John Wick," dingy nightclubs, murky alleyways, and lavish but frightening locales represent the darker side of urban life in a gritty and stylized New York City.

Existential Themes: Neo-noir often addresses alienation, identity, and meaning in a chaotic environment. In "John Wick," the protagonist struggles with the death of his wife, his purpose as a retired hitman, and his existential drive for revenge, typical of neo-noir heroes.

Neo-noir uses nonlinear storytelling, unreliable narrators, and fractured storylines to generate mystery and ambiguity. Despite its simple plot, "John Wick" progressively reveals the protagonist's past and the assassins he joins.

Cinematic Homage: "John Wick" themes, motifs, and visuals honor cinematic noir and neo-noir. From chiaroscuro lighting to noir themes and characters, the flicks celebrate and reimagine the genre for modern audiences.

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