John Wick: Chapter 2 Review

Baba Yaga is back!

I FINALLY got a chance to see John Wick Chapter 2 and I was pretty impressed with it.

The Bad

Off the bat I will say, the film did feel a bit slow at times, when down-time happened in this movie…oh boy was it slow! Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the hell out of this movie, but when people weren’t getting the crap kicked out of them, the movie seemed to drag a bit longer than anticipated.

The slow parts are really the only thing “bad” that I can say for this movie.

The Good

On the other hand; one of the things I noticed from the first film and now the sequel is that there are absolutely no shaky camera footage when there’s a wicked fight scene or chase. The John Wick movies are filmed beautifully, smoothly and have an almost fluid movement to them and when there isn’t much is happening in a scene, I can appreciate the angles and movement at which the scene is shot.

There’s a good portion of the movie shot in a museum exhibit that almost looked like a fun house of mirrors, and it was absolutely breathtaking to watch!

Also, some of the crazy fight scenes that I really enjoyed were the ones between Wick and Cassian (played by Common).

As this film dives a bit deeper into this underground assassin world, you get to understand the rules a bit more and one of the rules is that “no member(s) should do business on club grounds” and it just so happens that while Wick and Cassian are having a pretty epic fight, they end up on club property about to kill each other and “management” interrupts them, this interruption brings some humor to the scene which otherwise was just non-stop violence.

Another notable/funny moment is when Wick goes shopping for some new suits and weapons. All I can say is “what a classy bunch these international murder machines are”.  🙂

The humour in this film is subtle, but it’s there. I chuckled a few times and I really like when violent action movies add in a bit of comedy once in a while.

The Brutal

A story that was told briefly in the first film and at the beginning of this one is that John Wick has killed 3 men in a bar with a pencil. You finally get a chance to see Wick kill not one, but two guys with a good old number 2 pencil. It’s gruesome, but it’s so cool! If you haven’t seen this film yet, I’d say go and see it just for this scene alone.

Without getting into any spoilers, I really liked the way the film ended, and it seems like it can set up a Chapter 3. Hopefully!

John Wick Chapter 2 is a really good action flick with amazing camera work and incredibly choreographed fights, I don’t think it’s as good as the first one (not many sequels are) but it’s still super enjoyable and action packed!

Have you seen John Wick Chapter 2 yet? I’d love to know what you thought of it!

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