So, yesterday I went to the movies to watch the second chapter of John Wick. Why?
Because John Wick kicks ass.
I saw the first one a couple of weeks ago in wait for this one, and it doesn't let down. Sure, the plot is never the main treat, but Wick is confident enough in what little script there is to make a brief, interesting worldbuilding with a good lead, well played by Keanu Reeves, who gets stoicism without making it look pedantic. John Wick is a hurting man, and he portrays him as such.
And, besides, the action is great. One of the things I like is how the film doesn't go into the shaky cameras that have dominated western action flicks these past few years (cough Bourne) and offers tense, well coreographed fight sequences, made only better by the play with subtle music and at some point, fights in mirror parks.
This might seem like just a person who doesn't really mind action movies being blown away by one action movie, and in a sense, it's true. But John Wick is so confident in itself, so styllish, so cool, and it never falls into the pitfall of becoming one of those hypermacho flicks that are so boring and out of their element.
Now, there were pieces of dialogue that sounded corny, and I think those subtitles that just pop up from time to time got tiring after a while, but as whole, the action is good, the locations are pretty and the stakes are raised, what a good sequel ought to do. Here's looking to Chapter 3!