A couple of months ago, I was finally convinced to watch the original "John Wick", and I loved it. In fact, I loved it so much that when the sequel was released, I rushed out to see it on opening night.
This film continues many of the elements seen in the first film that made it so successful. The fight scenes are amazingly choreographed and shot and edited well to create an exciting, intense tone while still giving it a sense of dance-like elegance. The world-building, which is the most unique part of the films, is also continued. I also think that this is one of the few roles that Keanu Reeves actually nails, as he isn't really required to show a ridiculous amount of emotion. The comedic relief is also well-incorporated into the film.
There were also a lot of things seen that were an improvement over the previous entry. The action was made even more intense with an increased frequency and amount of brutality. The macguffin of the story is a little less straightforward, as is the storyline, which is luckily not just a re-hash of the original. Also, a lot of the commentary that was introduced in the first film is further developed in this entry. The only thing that I thought was not improved by the sequel was the unbelievability of certain elements, like the fact that everyone in the world seems to be an assassin.
Overall, I thought that "John Wick: Chapter 2" was a very enjoyable, interesting, and well-made action film. It has a lot more in terms of substance than most entries into the genre, yet it still offers all the violent action that is expected.
John Wick: Chapter 2
Big Tuna's Rating: A
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
I am a huge movie fan that wants to tell people about my very varying taste and opinion of film.