As Canuck fan videos go, filmmaker Adam MacKay-Smith’s Johnny Canuck series is completely unparalleled. The short films, which feature a lumberjack that bears a suspicious resemblance to playoff-bearded Aaron Rome fighting his way through a lonely world in which everyone and everything is out to destroy him, are moving, captivating and visually stunning. Plus the narration is flawless.
Now comes the third film in the series, The Unfinished Fight of Johnny Canuck. In it, Johnny axes a king right between the eyes, destroys a man’s motorcycle with a stick to the spoke, and punches a bear right in his smug face. It is epic and fantastic.
There are so many fabulous little flourishes here. The “V” the planes make with their smoke trail (or is it a “W” for the return of the Winnipeg Jets?), Johnny and the bear going back-to-back in the stick-in-rink split screen, the orca hidden in the mountain at 0:12, the flying skate-themed “to be continued” — it’s all fantastic.
Seriously, if you don’t like this, you don’t like awesome things.
If you’re new to this series, you can check (and must) out the other two films right here.Tags: adam mackay-smith, Amazing Fan Video, johnny canuck, The YouTubes