John Wick (2014) was a huge surprise. Before its release, everyone (myself included) thought that it was going to be “just another Taken copy cat.” Of course, we all know that it is way better than that. John Wick is one of the coolest movies of this generation. John Wick: Chapter 2 is just as cool, while showing off a few more tricks.
If you do some research, you’ll find that directors, Chad Stahelski & David Leitch, understand action. They are stuntmen and their passion bleeds onto the screen in this sequel. The action was what made John Wick so damn awesome, so of course there is even more of it here. Every scene where John uses his cheat code enabled skills, is perfectly filmed. The cinematography is fantastic. In cinema today, most action scenes look like they were filmed by Michael J Fox. John Wick proves that you don’t have to use “shaky cam” to make a good action flick. Again, the directors understand how to do it. This is their craft and they own it. Keanu Reeves OWNS this character. Seriously, this is his best role. I believe from now on, people will remember him for John Wick over the Matrix. He too has a passion for stunt work and it really shows. Just how La La Land was a love letter to old school Hollywood, John Wick: Chapter 2 is a love letter to old school Hollywood stunt work.
The only drawback that I found was the reasoning to get John back into the action. In the first film, Theon Greyjoy takes Wick’s car and kills his dog. If that doesn’t make you root for the guy, then you might need to see a doctor. Point being, that John chose to act out of vengeance. This time around, John practically has no choice. As seen in the trailer, his house is blown to smithereens and is forced out of retirement. While they do introduce more rules to the Assassin world of John Wick, they also lost that awesome feeling that the first film had. It’s worth noting that, again, the first Wick was a huge sleeper hit and set the bar extremely high.
While John’s reasoning to kill more red shirts wasn’t as fulfilling as his revenge against Reek, the Puppy Slayer, from the first film, this movie proves that it is possible to make an awesome action sequel. The directors have created a world that I definitely want to see more from. John Wick: Chapter 2 takes all of the action from its predecessor and amplifies the hell out of it. Which is why I’m giving it 8 Alive and Well Puppies out of 10. Seriously, no dogs die in this one, so your significant other won’t hate it this time around!