John Wick: Chapter 2 is everything a sequel to a movie like John Wick should be. It takes everything that made the first movie great, and cranks it up to a new level of insanity and badassery (Yes, I’m aware that is not a real word, but it’s the best way to describe this movie.)
In this follow-up to 2014’s John Wick, the titular character is forced back into the hitman game to complete one final contract for reasons I won’t say for spoiler reasons. This leads to some of the absolute best action scenes I’ve seen in a movie since the first John Wick movie. The action is fast and frenetic, which in a poorly shot movie would be problematic, but the cinematography in this movie is fantastic. There was no point in the film where I was confused about what was going on in the action. It uses long takes, wide shots, and beautiful choreography by some of the most talented people working in the movie industry currently.
The first movie introduced us to this world in which there seemed to be a secret underground organization for people like John, but we never seemed to get a good glimpse into it. It was more of a background thing that didn’t take away from the main plot, but this time around, the organization is ingrained into the movie’s plot, allowing us to learn more about this fascinating society while still progressing the main plot forward. The world building in this movie is so damn good, and it only supports the fantastic action scenes.
From the very first scene in the movie, it’s very apparent what you’re getting into with this film, and all throughout it I had the biggest grin on my face, and it never left. From start to finish, this movie is the heart-pounding, adrenaline filled, murder-fest that I wanted it to be.
Now, I’ve done nothing so far but praise this movie, and that’s really because I don’t have many complaints (And that’s very rare for me.) But if I had to single one thing out, I’d say his reason for coming back is not quite as strong as the first movie. It’s not bad at all, but in the first movie, you had the villains of the movie kill John’s dog. Most people at this point are in, but even for whatever reason people don’t get behind Wick then, the villains steal John’s beautiful car moments after. Most people have had a pet, and most people have had a car, so pretty much anyone can empathize here, and it’s honestly one of the most simple and effective movie plots for an action movie in recent years, and it was brilliant. The reason in the second movie is certainly not as personal feeling.
In this time of crazy politics and power hungry leaders, sometimes it just feels good to watch a badass do badass things. Keanu Reeves plays the character with the same grit as he did with the first movie, and he plays the role perfectly. Now, I’ve seen a lot of movies in the past 12 months, and if I had to only pick one movie to remember, I would pick John Wick Chapter 2. I’m certainly going back to see it again before it leaves the theaters, and I’m pre-ordering the Blu-Ray as soon as I can.
Definitely go see this movie in theaters and support it. The director and writer have both said that they are on board to do a third, and I would love to see it happen. Along with a new comic book series that is starting in the spring, this franchise is growing fast, and has managed to keep up with this weekend’s Lego Batman and Fifty Shades Darker.
My final score for this movie is 95/100. A new action movie classic that I will be re-watching for years to come.