Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Movie Review: John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) - Directed by Chad Stahelski; Written by Derek Kolstad; Starring Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane, Ruby Rose, Common, Lance Reddick, Laurence Fishburne, John Leguizamo, Bridget Moynahan.

By Kenny Howell

John Wick returns to brilliantly defy logic and physics and shoot a bunch of people in the head in the sequel to the popular action film.

After a glorious action scene to set the stage and open the film, we learn that Wick is still reeling from the loss of his wife, and has himself a new dog to help with the tragedies that he has experienced over the last few years.

Of course, the underworld is not done with Wick, as a Santino D'Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio) shows up on his doorstep and asks him to keep a promise he made to him a few years back. Wick declines, and D'Antonio blows up his house. Just like that, Wick is back karate chopping and blowing heads off.

John Wick Chapter 2 is obviously powered by its action scenes, which once again are creative, funny, thrilling and a joy to watch. They are an extension of what greats like Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin created almost 100 years ago with films like The General or Modern Times, except with a lot more blood, which is always fun.

It is obviously not realistic, it is an experience, and probably the only knock on John Wick Chapter 2 is that when it isn't happening, you desperately want to see Keanu Reeves (The Neon Demon) destroy some dude. The masculine posturing with great actors like Reeves and Ian McShane (Doctor Thorne) is fun, but you always want to get back to the beautiful action ballet that is the work of Director Chad Stahelski. It's what John Wick Chapter 2 is built on, and what a glorious thing it is.

Rating: ***

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